tech2 News StaffJan 15, 2021 15:02:44 IST
Rohilla says that with the update, WhatsApp hangs a “damocles sword” over its users by asking them to accept the policy by 8 February.
Rohilla highlights through his petition that the policy takes away a users’ choice to not share data with other Facebook and the other third-party apps it owns. “This type of arbitrary behaviour and browbeating cannot be accepted in a democracy and is completely ‘ultra vires’ (beyond its powers) and against the fundamental rights as enshrined in the Constitution of India,” he alleged in the petition.
The petition also sought directions to the ministry of electronics and information technology to ensure that Whatsapp does not share any user data with Facebook or its associated apps.
This notification led to growing concern regarding privacy on the platform, particularly after it was understood that WhatsApp will be sharing more user data with its parent company Facebook. This led to an online movement of users and critics appealing to leave behind WhatsApp and move to a more secure platform like Signal or Telegram.
However, in a recent blog shared by WhatsApp, the platform clarified that the update in policy is essentially for business accounts, and the personal chats still remain a 100 percent end-to-end encrypted.