After the recent revelation of WhatsApp’s privacy concerns surrounding user data, passwords and more, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) have requested The Minister of IT and Communications, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, to ban WhatsApp and its parent application, Facebook in India.
.@CAITIndia Secretary General Shri @praveendel explains how dangerous #newwhatsapppolicy is for the citizens of India. We reiterate our demand to Minister Shri @rsprasad to take immediate necessary action & restrict #whatsapp from implementing the policy or ban it @GoI_MeitY pic.twitter.com/CcennaHQrh
— Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) (@CAITIndia) January 11, 2021
This has made the app receive a lot of criticism from individuals, organisations as well as the great minds of the world. Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk also stated in his tweet, asking users to try the new ‘Signal’ app as an alternative since it was end-to-end encrypted.
The Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) also tweeted amongst similar lines.
— Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) (@internetfreedom) January 11, 2021
Joining the sentiments, another firm known as Privacy International is strongly opposing users from trying WhatsApp any longer.
Now that #WhatsApp have updated their terms, forcing users to share their data with #Facebook, here's our suggested update to that notification you see at the top of your chats.#WhatsappNewPolicy #WhatsappPrivacy pic.twitter.com/FjxFGBm6Q8
— Privacy International (@privacyint) January 7, 2021
What do the users have to say about this? Check out the reactions below to CAIT’s request for Government intervention on this matter.
The government should take urgent cognizance.
— Rajeev Batra (@RajeevB38438418) January 11, 2021
— Dipu Kumar (@DipuKum71181350) January 11, 2021
One user also recommends a Government-funded alternative in order to promote #VocalforLocal.
We should install made in India app. Namaste Bharat!
Please check out NamasteBharat app. I am using it to message and call my friends and family. Download for free at https://t.co/LnRraofdLk
— KiRaN MaNDaliYa (@kiranita9) January 11, 2021
What is your opinion regarding WhatsApp’s recent policy update?