WhatsApp put the policy on maintain after widespread criticism, however plans to implement it from May.
WhatsApp has used “extremely general terms” to checklist the sorts of knowledge collected, with no distinction between private knowledge or delicate private knowledge being collected, the federal government stated.
The policy mentions the involvement of third-party service suppliers who might have entry to the info, however doesn’t present the names and related particulars of these service suppliers, it stated.
“This is also the case for other Facebook companies, who are allowed to review and share information about the user from and with WhatsApp,” the Ministry stated.
The policy is totally silent on correction or modification of the knowledge, the federal government stated – for it to be compliant with the foundations, it “must allow users to exercise this option for all kinds of data collected” that are talked about within the policy.
While WhatsApp complies with the requirement of giving a consumer the selection of not offering their knowledge, there’s a “clear failure” in complying with the requirement of deletion of knowledge if the consumer withdraws the consent for assortment of knowledge given earlier.
“In the impugned policy, WhatsApp has stated that data and information will be freely shared with and received from other Facebook companies. Since the contract of the user is only with WhatsApp, all other Facebook companies are ‘third parties’ within the meaning of Rule 6(4), and any inter-sharing of data obtained from WhatsApp by these companies will amount to a violation of the restriction on further disclosure,” the federal government stated in its reply.
The PIL pending earlier than the courtroom has sought the framing of pointers to guard the privacy and knowledge of customers from being collected by numerous social media websites and messaging apps. The petition, filed by Noida resident Dr Seema Singh together with Delhi residents Meghan and Vikram Singh, has argued that the fissures in regulation with regard to the info are “quite conspicuous”, and a framework to manage the identical is the necessity of the hour.
In its reply, the federal government additionally stated that the Centre has launched the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha, which, upon turning into regulation, will present a strong regime on knowledge safety “which will limit the ability of the entities such as WhatsApp issuing privacy policies which do not align with appropriate standards of security and data protection”.