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India Asks WhatsApp To Withdraw New Privacy Policy Over 'Grave Concerns'

mardi 19 janvier 2021, 20:59 , par Slashdot
India has asked WhatsApp to withdraw the planned change to its privacy policy, posing a new headache to the Facebook-owned service that identifies the South Asian nation as its biggest market by users. From a report: In an email to WhatsApp head Will Cathcart, the nation's IT ministry said the upcoming update to the app's data-sharing policy has raised 'grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens... Therefore, you are called upon to withdraw the proposed changes.' The ministry is additionally seeking clarification from WhatsApp on its data-sharing agreement with Facebook and other commercial firms and has asked why users in the EU are exempt from the new privacy policy but their counterpoint in India have no choice but to comply. 'Such a differential treatment is prejudicial to the interests of Indian users and is viewed with serious concern by the government,' the ministry wrote in the email, a copy of which was obtained by TechCrunch. 'The government of India owes a sovereign responsibility to its citizens to ensure that their interests are not compromised and therefore it calls upon WhatsApp to respond to concerns raised in this letter.'

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