In a statement, the instant messaging platform said,”We have responded to the Government of India’s letter and assured them that the privacy of users remains our highest priority. We 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.” Also Read - Millions of Phone Numbers of Clubhouse Users 'Up For Sale' on Dark Web
Furthermore, Whatsapp said that it hopes the new approach reinforces the choice that all users have whether or not they want to interact with a business. “We will maintain this approach until at least the forthcoming PDP law comes into effect”, it added. Also Read - WhatsApp Group Calls Update: Now You Can Join an Ongoing Group Call That You Just Missed. Here's How
Earlier, the Narendra Modi-led Centre had written to WhatsApp, asking Whatsapp to withdraw its new policy, calling it a violation of several provisions of the existing Indian laws and rules.
(With agency inputs)