WhatsApp treating Indian users differently, says Centre.


It is a cause of concern that WhatsApp is treating Indian and European users differently when it comes to privacy, the central government told the Delhi High Court on Monday. Meanwhile, WhatsApp told the court that the government of India has sought certain clarification regarding its new privacy policy and it is responding to the communication.

During the hearing of a petition challenging the new privacy policy of WhatsApp, Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma told the court that the government has sent a whole list of questions to WhatsApp.

“Privacy policy offered by WhatsApp to its European users specifically prohibits the use of any information shared with a Facebook company…this clause is not present in the privacy policy offered to Indians and Indian citizens who form a very very substantial part of WhatsApp’s userbase,” said Sharma, adding that this differential treatment is “certainly a cause of concern”.

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