What Are the Options for WhatsApp in India?
Guruswamy said that WhatsApp may have to follow uniform policies in both EU and India and make acceptance of the updated rules optional in India as well. “WhatsApp cannot afford to lose a market of more than 450 million users. But given that Facebook has a long term plan of integration of all its messaging services, updates of this nature may be deemed necessary, which means that this may be a stop-gap solution while it tries to find a new way to implement its strategy.”
WhatsApp has only two options currently, explains Guruswamy:
- The messaging platform will certainly try to elucidate on the dispute that this update may be used for user profiling and also try to explain why it wants to push the update before the Data Protection Bill is passed.
Can India Ban WhatsApp?
What Did the Letter Say?
The letter from MeitY gave the messaging platform two options:
- To come up with a ‘satisfactory response’.