In a message to Prasad, CAIT demanded that “the government immediately ban WhatsApp from implementing the new policy or impose a ban on WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook, “the traders’ organization said.

 

 

In New Delhi: On Sunday, the traders ‘ organization CAIT wrote to Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad demanding that the government restrict WhatsApp in implementing its new privacy policy or impose a ban on the messaging app and its parent company Facebook.

 

The Confederation of All Traders of India (CAIT) said that thanks to the new privacy policy, “all kinds of personal data, payment transactions, contacts, location and other important information of the person using WhatsApp will be obtained and can be used for any purpose using WhatsApp.”

 

In a message to Prasad, CAIT demanded that “the government immediately ban WhatsApp from implementing the new policy or impose a ban on WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook, “the traders’ organization said.

CAIT said that Facebook has more than 200 million users in India, and giving it access to each user’s data could pose a serious threat not only to the economy, but even to the country’s security.

 

From the representatives of Whatsapp, the following was heard: “To further increase transparency, we have updated our privacy policy to describe that in the future, businesses may choose to receive secure hosting services from our parent company Facebook to help manage their communication with their customers on WhatsApp. Although, of course, the user is left to the user whether they want to communicate with the company via WhatsApp.”

 

The spokesperson also said the update does not change WhatsApp’s data sharing practices with Facebook and does not affect how people communicate privately with friends or family, wherever they are.

 

“WhatsApp remains deeply committed to protecting people’s privacy. We are communicating directly with users via WhatsApp about these changes so that they have time to familiarize themselves with the new policy over the next month,” the representative added.

 

An email sent to Facebook asking for comment on the issue did not elicit a response.

 

CAIT General Secretary Pravin Khandelwal said: “WhatsApp’s amended privacy policy is an infringement on an individual’s privacy and is contrary to the basic principles of the Constitution of India, and therefore CAIT has demanded immediate government intervention.”

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