The letter further adds that WhatsApp’s policy “undermines the sacrosanct values of informational privacy, data security and user choice for Indian users, and harms the rights and interests of Indian citizens.” Additionally, the ministry has also asked WhatsApp why it needs to enforce the new policy in India when those in the EU have been exempted 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,” the letter adds.
The notice comes at a time when the Indian IT ministry is also pursuing legal action against WhatsApp in the Delhi High Court. Furthermore, the Competition Commission of India is conducting an antitrust probe on the matter. WhatsApp is yet to issue a response to the Indian government’s latest notice. We’ll update this post as soon as we have a statement from the company.