The messaging platform has already delayed the implementation of the new terms. However, with this uncharacteristic intervention by the Indian government, we could see the Facebook-owned service roll back the changes completely.
The ministry has reportedly written a strongly worded letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart asking the company to reconsider its privacy of information, freedom of choice, and data security.
“Any unilateral changes to the WhatsApp Terms of Service and Privacy would not be fair and acceptable,” the letter reportedly noted.
“Even Google Maps captures all your data and stores it,” the court said.
There’s no word on WhatsApp acknowledging the government’s request. If it does accept the request though, it’ll be the first such rollback in India, possibly setting a precedent for all other social media networks and the tech industry at large.