“We have responded to the Government of India’s letter and assured them that the privacy of users remains our highest priority. We will not limit the functionality of how Whatsapp works in the coming weeks. Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update, ” a Whatsapp spokesperson told Candid.Technology.
Whatsapp will also send reminders specifically when users interact with a business that’s receiving support from Facebook.
The messaging app now says that they’ll continue serving reminders “until at least” the Personal Data Protection Bill is passed and won’t limit the functionality of users — as earlier proposed — over the coming weeks.
There is no indication of when the PDP will be tabled in the Parliament, but it won’t be in its current form.
“We hope this approach reinforces the choice that all users have whether or not they want to interact with a business. We will maintain this approach until at least the forthcoming PDP law comes into effect.”
“As a reminder, the recent update does not change the privacy of people’s personal messages. Its purpose is to provide additional information about how people can interact with businesses if they choose to do so.”
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