Platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp that we use almost for free, are they really free? The answer is no. All these social media platforms earn their personal data from users.
It is obvious that Watts is taking ‘forced consent’ from you, because here you do not have the option of not giving consent.
Cyber law experts believe that social media platforms or apps generally do not take such strict steps. Users are usually given the option to ‘Accept’ or Deny an update.
In such a situation, this latest notification of WhatsApp has raised the concerns of experts and they say that as a user you should also be worried about it.
“Respecting your privacy is in our DNA.” Ever since we created WhatsApp, we aim to expand our services keeping in mind the principles of privacy … ‘
If you just delete WhatsApp from your mobile and go to the ‘My Account’ section and do not choose the option of ‘In-App Delete’ then all your data will remain with WhatsApp. That is, simply deleting WhatsApp from the phone will not be enough.
According to the new policy, even if you do not use the ‘Location’ feature of WhatsApp, information such as your IP address, phone number, country and city will be with WhatsApp.
If you use a business account of WhatsApp, then your information can reach many other parties related to that business, including Facebook.
WhatsApp has started a payment service in India and in such a way, if you use its payment feature, WhatsApp will collect some more personal data from you. For example, information related to your payment account and transaction.
Will all these changes have any effect in your daily life? Should you be alert about the messages, videos, audio and documents you send to each other through WhatsApp? To know this, we talked to the experts of cyber and technology law.
1) Information Technology Intermediate Guidelines Rules, 2011
2) Information Technology Reasonable Security Practices and Procedures and Sensitive Personal Data of Information Rules, 2011
WhatsApp is an American company and is headquartered in the US state of California. WhatsApp states that it is subject to the laws of California.
At the same time, according to Section-1 and Section-75 of the IT Act of India, if a service provider is located outside India but its services are available on computer or mobile phone in India, then it will also be subject to the Indian IT Act.
That is, WhatsApp comes under the purview of India’s IT Act, there is no doubt about it. Secondly, WhatsApp falls under the definition of ‘intermediary’ according to the Indian IT Act.
Section-2 of the IT Act defines intermediaries broadly, including service providers who access private data of others.
According to Section-79 of the IT Act, intermediaries will have to take utmost care in using the data of the users and will be responsible for keeping the data safe.
In countries where there are strict laws related to privacy and privacy, WhatsApp has to follow them. If you look carefully, you will find that WhatsApp adopts different policies for the European region, Brazil and America.
It has separate privacy policies and conditions for local countries under the European Union (EU) and European territories, separate for Brazil and local laws for US users. At the same time, in India it does not seem obliged to follow any particular law.
There are many stringent and progressive provisions in the Personal Data Protection Bill which ensure the protection of personal information of the people.
Proposed on the lines of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union, the bill provides for severe punishment and compensation for violating the rules.