An official of the IT Ministry in its statement said “We have a sovereign responsibility to protect the rights and interests of Indian citizens. The government will consider various options available under the law.”
Further in the letter, the IT Ministry wrote that “collection & over-sharing of user data, with WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook & other companies affiliated with it, will result in a niche, where any internal difference can compromise users personal information.
Now, the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, in its latest notice has mentioned the following:
“As you are doubtlessly aware, many Indian citizens depend on WhatsApp to communicate in everyday life. It is not just problematic, but also irresponsible, for WhatsApp to leverage this position to impose unfair terms and conditions on Indian users, particularly those that discriminate against Indian users vis-à-vis users in Europe,”
WhatsApp’s blunt “accept the terms or you are free to leave the platform” for specifically Indian users, is not only a matter of concern but disrespect also to Indian users, when the same has not been asked of European users.