This update raises privacy concerns for WhatsApp users, as it will allow the messaging app to share data such as IP address, browser details, location, phone number, signal strength, phone battery level, etc with its parent company Facebook as well as its subsidiaries.
In a communication addressed to the Minister of Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, CAIT called on the government to immediately prevent WhatsApp from implementing the new policy or ban WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook.
In India, there are more than 200 million Facebook users. If a company can access the data of all the users, it can pose a serious threat not only to the economy, but also to the security of the country.
“It reminds us of the days of East India Company who entered India to trade salt only and invade the country but at this time it is the data which is very crucial to wreck the backbone of economy, social structure, etc. The Facebook- WhatsApp combine has shown their true colours by first facilitating the Indians to use Facebook and WhatsApp without any charge but now seeking access to data, its ultimate object seems to control trade & economy of India beside other hidden agenda,” CAIT said.