WhatsApp is Forcing Users to Accept New Privacy Policy, Centre Tells Delhi HC

Once the new privacy policy is approved by the user WhatsApp will be able to access all the data without any supervision of the government. 

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Earlier today Delhi High Court was told by the Centre that the popular online instant messaging platform WhatsApp is trying to force Indian users to accept its new privacy policy. According to the government, the company is planning to get acceptance from the majority of the users before the Personal Data Protection Bill becomes the law. According to the report from Business Standard, WhatsApp is bombarding users with notifications to get acceptance from users. Let’s have a detailed look at the latest news.

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One More PLEA Filed Against WhatsApp

According to the government, WhatsApp’s continuous notifications is an “anti-user practice” for obtaining “trick consent”. The central government has requested the Delhi High Court to order the messaging app to hold back the notifications about the new privacy policy to the existing users. The new claim has added a new affidavit in response to other pleas which are already challenging the privacy policy of the messaging platform.

Going with the previous plea, the new privacy policy of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp allows the company to get full access to a user’s online activity be it messages, sending media files like photo, video, docs, and more, or location. Once the new privacy policy is approved by the user WhatsApp will be able to access all the data without any supervision of the government.

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Besides, the new privacy policy will not allow users to review what information is going to be accessed by the developers. Moreover, users don’t have the option of restricting the information from getting accessed by the company once they give consent.

In a plea it was stated that the online instant messaging platform was “indulged in anti-users practices by obtaining ‘trick consent’ from the users for its updated privacy policy”.”It is submitted that millions of WhatsApp existing users, those who have not accepted the updated 2021 privacy policy are being bombarded with notifications on an everyday basis,” as per the affidavit quoted by the report.

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SOURCEBusiness Standard
Karan Sharma with an experience of more than 4.5 years in journalism is pursuing his passion for technology reporting. He is a technology freak and passionate about reviewing smartphones, gadgets, gaming consoles, and more. He is very keen on technology and is always looking out for new technologies to explore. Besides, he is a hardcore traveller who loves to explore places always on his motorcycle.