In its fresh notice to the company, the MeitY told WhatsApp to respond to its concerns by May 25.
A WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement that the company has responded to the Government of Bharat’s letter and assured them that the privacy of users “remains our highest priority”.
“As a reminder, the recent update does not change the privacy of people’s personal messages. Its purpose is to provide additional information about how people can interact with businesses if they choose to do so,” the spokesperson said.
Noting that many Bharatiya users depend on WhatsApp for communicating on a daily basis, the ministry had said in the notice that it is irresponsible for WhatsApp to leverage its position in the Bharatiya market to impose unfair terms and conditions.
The WhatsApp spokesperson said that the company “will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works in the coming weeks.
“Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update as well as when people choose to use relevant optional features, like communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook,” the spokesperson added.
“We will maintain this approach until at least the forthcoming PDP (personal data protection) law comes into effect”.
After persistent reminders, the users will encounter limited functionality on WhatsApp until they accept the updates.
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