The ministry’s concerns emanate from the fact that so far entities like Facebook, etc, maintained the stance that they do not share user data with anybody. The basic definition of intermediaries is that they do not own content and are mere platforms where third-party entities place content.
This particular status prevents them from liability in case anything unlawful is noticed on their platforms. In such instances, the government directs the intermediary concerned to remove the unlawful content within a specified period of time.
If you read more closely, you’ll have learned that and users have until February 8 to read and agree to the new terms. Failure to do so would lead to WhatsApp deleting your account. Just to be clear, you can accept these terms again to revive your account.
The high-level theme of this new policy is to integrate better with Facebook‘s family of products, grant leeway for increased interaction with businesses, and gather financial data from users.
The app collects a lot of metadata related to the account such as the phone number, your profile picture, your usage patterns and device data. The updated policy says that WhatsApp may send you marketing material about Facebook companies.
WhatsApp is legally bound to not share data with Facebook in the European Region because it’s a contravention of the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR),
Had the data protection law or regulation been in place, this issue would not have arisen in the first place,
However, among communities of people who have a higher degree of awareness about data protection and privacy, this shift is already perceptible. Signal, iMessage and Telegram are safer alternatives when it comes to messaging platforms, experts said. A running app which has over 2 billions of active users will not do that it is totally unacceptable.
We really not accept this update fix it as soon as possible.
Submitted by Ujala Fatima Saudagar, Date 21 January 2021.