In a message sent to Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, CAIT called on the government to immediately stop WhatsApp from implementing the new policy or ban WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook.
Facebook has over 200 million users in India and giving it access to every user’s data within a company could pose a serious threat not only to the economy but even to the country’s security.
“It reminds us of the days when the East India Company entered India only to trade in salt and invade the country, but now it is data that is very important for the destruction of the thorn. The backbone of the economy, social structure, etc. The Facebook-WhatsApp combination has shown its true colors, firstly by making it easier for Indians to use Facebook and WhatsApp for free, but now, trying to access data, its ultimate goal seems to be trade control and “India’s economy along with other hidden goals,” said CAIT.
The new rules will take effect next month, and if the user does not agree with the policy, he must remove the WhatsApp app from his mobile phone.
Bhartiya and Hendelwal said they understand that WhatsApp looks for additional data about each user, allowing them to find account information, including phone number and address book information. addresses, status information, as well as all data on transactions and payments and other similar data. can be linked to his new WhatsApp Payments app.
Using this data by both WhatsApp and Facebook for various purposes would be disastrous, including allowing Facebook to use the data with an e-commerce portal or compromising data with various companies for business purposes. Since Facebook, WhatsApp’s parent company will be able to access all of this data, CAIT said.
This will lead to big disruptions when WhatsApp can collect data about usage, the type of phone used, and its location. Thanks to the new terms, WhatsApp will also have access to the user’s bank account. Also, WhatsApp will know which user is paying you and to whom, as well as other related data such as what was purchased and where it will be delivered. According to CAIT, it can track every user.
With such a large amount of data, they will know exactly the behavior of users when shopping and spending, what they eat, the volume of requirements for various items, trips, and destinations, the use of flights, routes. railways, taxis, road transport, etc.