WhatsApp has been given a week to respond to the notice sent on 18 May. Action may be taken against WhatsApp if the government does not receive any satisfactory response.
The government believes that that policy and the manner in which it was introduced subvert the values of information privacy, data security and user choices of Indian users.
The MeITY explained in its statement, “As you are doubtlessly aware, many Indian citizens depend on WhatsApp to communicate in everyday life. It is not just problematic, but also irresponsible, for WhatsApp to leverage this position to impose unfair terms and conditions on Indian users, particularly those that discriminate against Indian users vis-a-vis users in Europe.”
The issue has also been challenged in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court, though it is sub judice in the latter. So far, the courts haven’t stayed the implementation of the new policy.