India Asks WhatsApp To Withdraw Changes To Privacy Policy
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India Asks WhatsApp To Withdraw Changes To Privacy Policy

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The Indian government has asked WhatsApp to withdraw the recent changes in the privacy policy of the messaging app, saying unilateral changes are not fair and acceptable.

In a strongly worded letter to WhatsApp Chief Executive Will Cathcart, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said India is home to the largest user base of WhatsApp globally and is one the biggest markets for its services.

The proposed changes to the WhatsApp terms of service and privacy policy "raise grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens," it wrote.

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The ministry asked WhatsApp to withdraw the proposed changes and reconsider its approach to information privacy, freedom of choice and data security.

Stating that Indians should be properly respected, it said, "any unilateral changes to the WhatsApp terms of service and privacy would not be fair and acceptable."

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