Members of the parliamentary panel report concerns about the new privacy policy proposed by WhatsApp

Members of a parliamentary committee on Thursday flagged the issue of proposed changes to WhatsApp’s privacy policy and highlighted the concerns of Indian citizens, sources said. WhatsApp representatives who appeared before the Permanent Parliamentary Information Commission Technology he said the proposed changes are aimed at bringing more transparency and chat and calls on the platform still remain end-to-end encrypted, some members said.

Some other members who attended the meeting said the company was “evasive” in its response on the question of how it can make changes that are not favorable to Indian users. “There was no response,” said one member.

The member also said the company representative agreed that the data was monetized.

The committee interacted separately with representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

After the meeting, a spokesperson for WhatsApp said in a statement: “We wish to thank the honorable parliamentary committee for giving us the opportunity to stand before them and provide our views. We look forward to assisting the Committee as well. Hon’ble in the future. “In a bold letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology earlier this week he said that proposed changes to WhatsApp’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, without giving users the option to opt out, “raise serious concerns about the implications for citizen choice and autonomy. Indians “. The letter noted that with over 400 million users in India, the changes will have a disproportionate impact on the country’s citizens.

WhatsApp earlier this month began asking its 2 billion users around the world to accept an update to its privacy policy if they want to continue using the popular messaging app. The new terms sparked protests from tech-savvy, privacy advocates, and users, and sparked a wave of defections for competing services like Signal and Telegram. In the updated policy, you have the right to share the collected data from WhatsApp users with the widest Facebook network, which includes Instagram, regardless of having accounts or profiles there. Some companies, according to the new policy, should have used Facebook-server owned to store messages.

This triggered an outcry regardless of WhatsApp’s claim that all private messages between friends and family remain end-to-end encrypted. On January 16, WhatsApp had delayed the introduction of the new privacy policy to May 15 after the backlash of users on sharing user data and information with the parent company, Facebook Inc.

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News Highlights:

  • We look forward to assisting the Honble Committee in the future as well. In a letter with a strong character to the CEO of WhatsApp Will Cathcart, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology earlier this week, it said that proposed changes to WhatsApp’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, without giving users the option to opt out, raise serious concerns about the implications for citizen choice and autonomy. Indians.
  • Members of the parliamentary panel report concerns about the new privacy policy proposed by WhatsApp