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Indian Parliament panel asking Facebook about WhatsApp’s new privacy terms

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Earlier this week, the Government of India requested WhatsApp to withdraw the new privacy policy terms. The government considered this change unfair and unilateral.

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  • Last updated: January 21, 2021 16:46 IST
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Facebook executives will ask questions about WhatsApp privacy changes from the Indian Parliament panel on Thursday, sources said, a few days after the messaging platform was asked by the state’s Ministry of Technology to withdraw them.

The panel asks why Facebook needs to change WhatsApp’s privacy policy and how it affects users. WhatsApp did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

Earlier this month, the messaging platform caused a storm when it notified users that it had a new privacy policy in place to share limited user data such as phone numbers and locations with Facebook and its group companies.

Demand for rival applications such as Signal and Telegram surged due to privacy concerns, and WhatsApp decided last week to postpone the launch of its new policy from February to May.

India, with 400 million users, is WhatsApp’s largest market, and messaging services have big plans for the country’s expanding digital payment space, including the sale of health insurance through partners.

Last year, Facebook invested $ 5.7 billion in a digital unit at Reliance Industries, a conglomerate led by Mukesh Ambani. Most of them were aimed at attracting tens of millions of traditional shopkeepers to use digital payments via WhatsApp.

Earlier this week, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in an email to WhatsApp bosses that the terms of the new privacy policy would deprive Indian users of choice.

Indian Parliament panel asking Facebook about WhatsApp’s new privacy terms

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