Body of traders moves Supreme Court over new WhatsApp privacy policy

NEW DELHI: Traders‘ body CAIT Saturday filed a petition in the Supreme Court, pleading for WhatsApp to withdraw its new privacy policy.
The organization released a statement claiming that WhatsApp’s new privacy policy infringes on various basic rights of citizens.
Regarding the petition, the traders’ body said it “had also prayed for the Union of India to develop guidelines to govern large tech companies like WhatsApp and to frame policies that would protect the privacy of citizens and companies“.
The Confederation of All Traders of India (CAIT) today filed a petition with the Supreme Court with the request to order WhatsApp to withdraw its new privacy policy, which infringes on various basic rights of citizens granted by the Constitution of India, ”he added. said the statement.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp has announced a three-month delay in implementing the new privacy policy which has faced a massive backlash with tens of millions of its users switching from the platform to rivals like Signal and Telegram. .
The policy change was originally scheduled to take effect on February 8, the Facebook-owned company said.
He clarified that the update does not affect data sharing with Facebook in regards to personal conversations or other profile information and only addresses business discussions in the event that a user is conversing with the platform. form of customer service from a business through WhatsApp.
“The petition particularly highlights the difference in approach between EU countries and India when it comes to WhatsApp’s privacy policy and how Indian user data can be misused by such big tech companies, ”CAIT said.