“In fulfillment of its sovereign responsibility to protect the rights and interests of Indian citizens, the government of India will consider various options available to it under laws in India,” the letter reads.
If you are not living under a rock, then you might know that WhatsApp had plans to roll out the update much earlier on February 8. However, due to the backlash and loss of user trust, the company delayed the rollout to May 15. You can check out our in-depth video on WhatsApp’s evil plan to force users to accept the new policy right below to know more:
Moreover, the company recently argued that other apps such as Aarogya Setu, Zoom, and Truecaller collect more user data than WhatsApp. However, MeitY is now asking Whatsapp why the Indian users need to accept the policy when users in the European Union (EU) have been excused from it?
“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,” MeitY further wrote in the letter.
WhatsApp has seven days to come up with an appropriate response for the Indian government. And if they do not respond within the said time limit, the Ministry has warned that it will have to take lawful measures against the company.