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WhatsApp vs Indian Government on IT Law

WhatsApp vs Indian Government on IT Law

Whatsapp vs Government of India case

At this time the central government and WhatsApp have come face to face regarding the new WhatsApp policy. According to the Government of India, WhatsApp is forcibly sending notifications to the WhatsApp user to get the user’s data. So that he can impose his own Privacy Policy on the user. It was said in the Delhi High Court that efforts are being made to move the data of the users before the personal data protection law of India is enacted. So, the push notification is continuously sending by WhatsApp to its users. 

To which the Center has demanded a ban on sending notifications of Whatsapp. However, WhatsApp has also challenged the Indian government’s new IT Guidelines in the Delhi High Court. Apart from this, Facebook has assured its users that it will not share its data with any Third-Party sources or other companies. And, the personal message of any user will keep secure. However, However, how true this thing is, it can be seen by visiting the privacy policy page of WhatsApp. Also, Whatsapp had filed a case against the Union Government of India for the Right to Privacy. However, this case has been done to divert the attention of the people of India from the new privacy policy of WhatsApp.

Case matter over WhatsApp’s Privacy Policy?

Today WhatsApp has become a very big medium of our communication all over the world. Whether we want to chat with someone or send photos, videos or any documents. All this has become quite simple through Whatsapp. Today more than 500 million people use WhatsApp in India. This means that WhatsApp has the data of crores of people, which it can sell to any third-party at good prices if it wants. 

On 18th May, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology sent a notice to WhatsApp asking it to withdraw the controversial update to its privacy policy. And, then Whatsapp filed a case in Delhi High Court over the center’s new IT laws. 

The demand of the Government of India from Whastapp?

In the last few years, the trend of fake messages or messages that defame the government has been seen in India. Due to these fake messages, many people do something wrong in the chaos. Apart from this, fake messages are also used by the Leftist or Anti-Government people of India to spread anarchy in the country. Like recently some people broke the mobile towers of Jio in Haryana thinking that because someone had spread false news on WhatsApp that corona is happening from 5G. For which the Government of India also started making bills for new IT laws. However, the purpose of the government is to prevent fake news here. In which the identity of the fake news will be known from where it is originating. Due to this, Wahstapp had filed a petition in Delhi High Court on 25 May. And it also had reminded the Supreme Court’s decision, taking cognizance of the right to privacy in this petition. 

WhatsApp also claimed the demand for Traceability by the central Government and mentioned it as Human Right Violation. 

However, the purpose of WhatsApp here is only to not accept the new IT laws by the central government. Because this app already shares the data of its users with Facebook. And in the future, this data may be shared with any other Third-party. Because all these things have been clearly mentioned in its privacy policy.

End-To-End Encryption and What is Business Whatsapp:

According to Whatsapp’s policy, if a person chats with another person, then no third person other than those two people can see their chats. Even, Whstapp can’t see their chats. This is called End-to-ENd encryption. But in the case of Business Whstapp can store every small detail of users’ data including his chats and messages and numbers. Even Whstapp can access the business Bank account Number, IFSC code, and even its password. Here Whstapp clearly stated that it can use users’ data for business purposes. But, it did not mention that in kind of business purpose, WhatsApp can use this data. 

In 2014, the Facebook company purchased Whatsapp for $12 billion, and till now it’s providing free services to its users. And every company dreamed of profitability, so it’s obvious, Whatsapp may further change its Privacy Policy in coming times. And, its End-To-End encryption will end if they change their policy. 

Apart from this, this information of the user can be the biggest trigger for advertising companies to promote their Product. Whatsapp even uses Artificial Intelligence technology this time, because whenever user talks about any product on its platform. Then they forced to see that products from different Online websites. 

Kind of Information Whstapp share with its Facebook Company?

Today, Whatsapp shares users’ information such as Hardware model, Operating system information, Battery level, signal strength. Along with, it shares App version, Browser information, mobile network, Connection information (including phone number), Mobile operator or ISP, Language and Time zone, IP address, Device operators information and Identification. 

This is the common data, WhatsApp shares with its Third-Party companies Facebook and more. Also, its other companies like Instagram and Facebook Messenger are not secured and end-to-end encrypted. 

Even though today the whole world is ruled by these big tech companies, but these big tech companies can play a very important role in improving the economic system or vandalizing it of any country. Out of the countries around the world, it is only in Europe that WhatsApp has not updated its privacy policy. Because even today a strong data prevention law exists in Europe, which known as The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679. So our country also needs an amended new Information Technology law this time. 

CCI (Competition Commission of India) ordered an investigation into WhatsApp’s privacy policy issue.

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