- WhatsApp has seven days to respond to the ministry’s notice, otherwise, it could run into legal trouble.
“In fulfilment 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”
This wouldn’t have been much of an issue if WhatsApp implemented its new policy uniformly. However, that is far from the case, as it does not apply to users based in the E.U, which has ironclad data protection and privacy laws. The Ministry took cognizance of WhatsApp’s double standards and said:
“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.”