CAIT is not the only one criticizing the latest WhatsApp upgrade, on social media and by other privacy campaigners too, the instant messaging company has been under intense scrutiny. As per the current terms of service, WhatsApp requested users to consent to allow user details such as phone numbers and location to be obtained by Facebook and its subsidiaries.
The key updates in the latest WhatsApp Terms of Services include how organizations can store and maintain their WhatsApp chats using Facebook hosted services; and how it partners with Facebook to provide integrations through items from Facebook. To be able to continue using the service, WhatsApp users would have to recognize the terms and conditions.
CAIT said that in India, Facebook has more than 200 million users, and allowing them to access any user’s data can pose a significant threat not only to the economy but also to the country’s security.
The representative also clarified that the change would not modify the data exchanging habits of WhatsApp with Facebook and does not influence how individuals interact with friends or relatives privately anywhere they are in the world.
WhatsApp is profoundly committed to preserving the privacy of users. We are talking about these changes directly with users through WhatsApp, so they have time over the next month to study the new policy, the spokesman added.