In Lok Sabha in December 2019, the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill was introduced which aims to provide protection of privacy of individuals and to their personal data. It, however, hasn’t become a law yet.
In response to it, a WhatsApp spokesperson said, “We reiterate that we have already responded to the Government of India and assured them that the privacy of users remains our highest priority. 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. 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 as well as when people choose to use relevant optional features, like communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook. 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.”
Through the affidavit, it has also been asked not to apply the new policies and terms till the matter is not solved and also not to send “pushing notifications” to the current WhatsApp users about the policy changes.