WhatsApp despite the Indian government’s reservations against the move decided to roll it out at the postponed date, asking users to accept the new terms or risk their service being debarred. The petition has been listed for hearing on April 20.
The government’s affidavit that the Supreme Court has placed a responsibility on government to ensure data protection and privacy rules regime in the country.”The Union has discharged this obligation by introducing the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. Upon enactment, this law will provide a robust regime on data protection which will limit the ability of entities such as Respondent No. 2 issuing privacy policies which do not align with appropriate standards of security and data protection,” the affidavit, filed through advocate Kirtiman Singh, said.
In an earlier statement, WhatsApp blamed “misinformation” over panic regarding its prospective limited data sharing policy with parent Facebook.
WhatsApp earlier said it told the Indian government it’s committed to protecting personal communications across India.