In a letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, the Indian government pointed out that the Indian users are being subjected to differential treatment when compared to their European counterparts
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In a letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, the Indian government pointed out that the Indian users, who have not been given the option to opt-out of data sharing with Facebook companies, are being subjected to differential treatment when compared to their European counterparts.
“Whether this [the new policy] will enable better provision of service to users or not is besides the point, the issue is the impact it has on informational privacy, data security and user choice,” the letter said, adding that sovereign independence of India’s distinct identity and its people must be properly respected and any unilateral changes to WhatsApp Terms of Service and Privacy would not be fair and acceptable.
The government also asked the Facebook-owned platform to reconsider its approach to respect the informational privacy, freedom of choice and data security of Indian citizens.