Within seven days, WhatsApp must provide a “satisfactory response,” to MeitY’s directive, or face legal consequences, TechCrunch reported. The news outlet remarked that the letter coincides with a MeitY Delhi High Court case against WhatsApp and an Indian antitrust investigation.
Earlier this year, the country’s ministry reportedly raised similar concerns about the messaging service’s planned update. According to the article, in response to reprisals from various governments and users, WhatsApp held off enforcing the policy for three months, until May 15. TechCrunch reported that though users need to comply with the policy to access certain basic features of the messaging service, WhatsApp “somewhat relaxed the deadline” last week.
“It is not just problematic, but also irresponsible, for WhatsApp to leverage this position to impose unfair terms and conditions on Indian users, particularly those that discriminate against Indian users vis-à-vis users in Europe,” MeitY wrote in the letter.