After reviewing the changes in WhatsApp’s privacy policy, the government will decide whether the interim guidelines need to be strengthened to protect the privacy of social media users.

Government officials said Activity area that they would communicate if the encrypted messaging platform compromises the security and privacy of its users. “We are reviewing the situation … we cannot say anything at this time, as we have not yet obtained the details,” said an official.

Intermediate guidelines

The official said the government can change the interim guidelines if deemed necessary, as the development of the guidelines is in the final stages.

According to senior officials from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the concern arose because the previous social media platform Facebook, which also owns WhatsApp, claimed it could not encrypt none of the WhatsApp messages. But its updated policy states that “WhatsApp must receive or collect certain information in order to operate, provide, improve, understand, personalize, support and market our services, including when you install, access or use our services.” This sparked debate.

The new terms of service and privacy policy will go into effect on February 8, and according to reports, users must either agree to the changes to WhatsApp’s terms of service and privacy policy or their accounts will be deleted.

Industry veterans are also questioning the timing of these changes, especially as they come after the launch of WhatsApp Pay, in which users are required to share banking information related to PAN and Aadhaar. However, over the past few days, the company has clarified that user privacy will be protected, not compromised.

“We don’t keep any message or call logs. While traditionally mobile operators store this information, we believe that keeping these recordings for two billion users would pose both a risk to privacy and security, ”the company said.

Sharing information with FB

About sharing contacts with Facebook, he said, “When you give us permission, we only access phone numbers in your address book to make messaging fast and reliable; we do not share your contact lists with other applications offered by Facebook. He also clarified that some changes would be made to users’ “business accounts”, but not to individual or family groups.

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