CAIT asks govt to ban WhatsApp, Facebook over new privacy policy


Traders' body CAIT recently wrote to IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad demanding the government to restrict WhatsApp from implementing its new privacy policy or impose a ban on the messaging app and its parent company Facebook.


The CAIT claimed that through the new privacy policy, "all kinds of personal data, payment transactions, contacts, location and other vital information of a person who is using WhatsApp will be acquired by it and can be used for any purpose by WhatsApp".


CAIT said that Facebook has more than 200 mn users in India and enabling it to access data of every user can pose serious threat to not only the economy but even to the security of the country. However, in an email response to PTI, a WhatsApp spokesperson said, "To further increase transparency, we updated the privacy policy to describe that going forward businesses can choose to receive secure hosting services from our parent company Facebook to help manage their communications with their customers on WhatsApp."

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