Ravi Shankar Prasad, Law & Justice, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology Minister of India, released a video message on the issue. The minister is asking WhatsApp to maintain the “sanctity of personal communication.”
The minister refers to the privacy needed for a conversation between a doctor and patient, or a lawyer and client. If WhatsApp can read such chats, it may be a violation of the sanctity of that conversation.
India And the Personal Data Protection Bill
Privacy laws are steadily catching up with big tech policies as India is also finalizing a new Personal Data Protection Bill. Once that comes into action, it’ll work as a framework to protect your personal data.
It’s a much-needed bill for the country that is doubling up on smartphone and internet users annually, without a modern framework to protect the user data. There’s also word that the Indian government is looking to get clarifications about the data-sharing practices between Facebook and WhatsApp.
That’s the big question making rounds as the government asks WhatsApp to take back the updated policy. While the messenger had already delayed the rollout, for now, it might have to take out a different policy for India.