CAIT Asks Indian Government To Ban Whatsapp And Facebook Amid Privacy Concerns

CAIT On Whatsapp And Facebook Ban

CAIT, the traders’ body, wrote to Minister of Information and Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday requesting that the government restrict should WhatsApp from applying its latest privacy policy or block the messaging app and Facebook, its parent company.

CAIT is entirely against the current privacy policy of WhatsApp, saying that it “reminds us of the days of the East India Company that entered India only to trade salt and invade the country, but at this time it is the data, that is very important to destroy the economic backbone, social structure, etc.” Through first facilitating the Indians to use Facebook and WhatsApp without any charge, the Facebook-WhatsApp combination has shown its true colors, but now finding access to data, its ultimate aim seems to monitor India’s trade & economy in addition to other hidden agenda.

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Ravi Shankar Prasad
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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.

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) believed that all forms of personal data, payment details, addresses, location, and other crucial details of a person who uses WhatsApp would be accessed by it through the new privacy policy and can be used by WhatsApp for any reason.

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.

However, a WhatsApp representative said in response to PTI, to further improve transparency, we revised the privacy policy to explain that potential organizations may opt to access stable hosting services from our parent company Facebook to better handle their WhatsApp interactions with their customers.

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.

CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said WhatsApp’s modified privacy policy is an assault on an individual’s privacy and runs contrary to the basic values of the Indian Constitution, and hence CAIT has called for urgent government action.

Kriti Mehta
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