Whatsapp Justifies Privacy Policy By Comparing Zomato, Ola, Aarogya Setu App: What’s The Truth?

WhatsApp said platforms like Zomato, Ola, the Indian government's Aarogya Setu app and Zoom collect a similar or greater amount of data
WhatsApp said platforms like Zomato, Ola, the Indian government’s Aarogya Setu app and Zoom collect a similar or greater amount of data

WhatsApp has said in its response to a petition filed against its privacy policy update in the Delhi High Court.

It said that many Internet-based applications and websites have similar policies and that some even collect more data, according to a report. 

“A review of the privacy policies of many internet-based applications and websites confirms that such policies include provisions describing the information they may collect that are similar to – and in many instances much broader than – those in the 2021 (WhatsApp privacy policy) Update,” the report quoted the affidavit filed by WhatsApp.

WhatsApp Has Responded To Criticism Of its Privacy Policy 

WhatsApp’s response to the petition filed in the court notably came just a couple of days before it announced to scrap the May 15 deadline for bringing its new privacy policy. 

WhatsApp has also found out that platforms like food-delivery app Zomato, ride-hailing app Ola, the Indian government’s Aarogya Setu app.

It also mentioned the video conferencing app Zoom that collect a similar or greater amount of data, according to a report by Inc42.

The app also named US tech giants Google, Microsoft, and Zoom.

The app also mentioned Republic World, the digital venture of news channel Republic TV, Inc42 reports citing an affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court on May 5.

What if you do not accept the WhatsApp policy update?

It said in a statement to the media that it would not remove the accounts of users who refused to accept the policy change and also no one in India would lose access to the app.

However, WhatsApp also clarified in an FAQ page that users “will encounter limited functionality” on its app until they accept the update. “This will not happen to all users at the same time,” it noted.

Why the latest privacy policy update should’nt be stopped?

According to the affidavit, WhatsApp also informed the Delhi High Court that if its latest privacy policy update is stopped by the court, it would damage other tech companies in the region.

Also including those that facilitate grocery delivery and online doctor appointments.

Deadline To Accept The New Privacy Policy 

The deadline to accept the revised privacy policy was originally set for February 8, but due to public backlash, it was moved back to May 15 before being scrapped.

The new privacy policy also aims to help WhatsApp grow its business in India and other markets. By Granting Facebook and third parties limited access to WhatsApp’s user data.

The court at that time had said that “even Google Maps captures all your data and stores it”.

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