MeitY looks into WhatsApp’s user policy, might land the messenger platform in trouble
WhatsApp has announced its policy of limiting user access over time to private messages, incoming video or voice calls, if they don’t accept new terms of its user policy. This has triggered MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) to look into the fine print of this announcement. The decision on issue would soon be made by the government.
“What WhatsApp is essentially doing here is that you either share your data with it or you will not be able to use its services. This is coercion disguised under the garb of ‘consent’, especially considering it is a dominant player,” said Prasanth Sugathan, legal director, SFLC.in.