Now, new developments suggest that this will not be the case. “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,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement.
“We hope this 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,” the statement further added. PDP here refers to the Personal Data Protection bill, 2019.
Privacy of users remains our highest priority, says WhatsApp
The statement also mentioned that the app will not be changing its outlook on user data privacy with the new update, but will only provide “additional information about how people can interact with businesses if they choose to do so.” “We have responded to the Government of India’s letter and assured them that the privacy of users remains our highest priority,” the statement adds.
MeitY threatens WhatsApp with legal action
The move marked the first time that the Ministry has warned WhatsApp of legal action, saying that it would pursue all legal options available to it, “to protect the sovereign rights of Indian citizens.”