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WhatsApp Faces First Legal Challenge in India Over Updated Privacy Policy

WhatsApp’s up to date privateness coverage verges on consumer surveillance and threatens India’s safety, a petition filed in an Indian courtroom mentioned on Thursday, presenting one other authorized problem for the Fb-owned messenger.

California-based WhatsApp mentioned on January 4 it reserved the proper to share some information together with location and telephone quantity with Facebook and its models equivalent to Instagram and Messenger.

That triggered outrage, together with in its greatest market India the place it has 400 million customers.

The change has additionally met with a problem in Turkey with the nation’s Competitors Board this week launching an investigation into the messaging service and its father or mother.

In India, many customers have started putting in rival apps like Signal and Telegram, pushing WhatsApp to start a expensive promoting marketing campaign to calm prospects.

“It just about offers a 360-degree profile into an individual’s on-line exercise,” lawyer Chaitanya Rohilla mentioned of Whatsapp’s new coverage within the petition to the Delhi Excessive Courtroom.


A replica of the petition, seen by Reuters, mentioned Whatsapp was jeopardising nationwide safety by sharing, transmitting and storing consumer information abroad with the data thus ruled by international legal guidelines.

“WhatsApp has made a mockery out of our basic proper to privateness,” it mentioned.

WhatsApp has given customers a February 8 deadline to conform to the brand new phrases.

“This kind of arbitrary behaviour and browbeating can’t be accepted in a democracy and is totally ‘extremely vires’ (past its powers) and towards the basic rights as enshrined within the Structure of India,” the petition added.

It will likely be heard by the Delhi Excessive Courtroom on Friday.

WhatsApp didn’t reply to a request for remark. It has beforehand mentioned the coverage replace doesn’t have an effect on privateness of messages with family and friends, as group chats are encrypted and the adjustments solely relate to interactions with companies.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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