Traders’ body CAIT has demanded a ban on the messaging app over its privacy policies. The Confederation of All India Traders has written to the Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad demanding a ban on WhatsApp and Facebook for updating its privacy policies. In their letter, the CAIT claimed, “all kinds of personal data, payment transactions, contacts, location and other vital information” of a person can be accessed under the new policy.
As per a PTI report, the traders’ body had alleged that “all kinds of personal data, payment transactions, contacts, location and other vital information of a person who is using WhatsApp will be acquired by it and can be used for any purpose by WhatsApp”. It asked the government to take immediate action against Facebook and WhatsApp.
CAIT demanded, “the government should immediately restrict WhatsApp from implementing the new policy or put a ban on WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook”. It further stated that access to users’ data could pose severe threats to the country’s economy and security.
However, WhatsApp said that the messaging app’s data-sharing practices with Facebook would not impact how users communicate.
“WhatsApp remains deeply committed to protecting people’s privacy. We are communicating directly with users through WhatsApp about these changes, so they have time to review the new policy over the next month,”