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The new notice from the Ministry, tech and legal experts feel, may be challenged before a court of law.
The Ministry had then sent a set of 14 questions to WhatsApp on the various ways in which it collected data, the permissions and consents it obtained from domestic users, and whether they were different from what it collected from users in other parts of the world. The Ministry had also sought to know whether the company conducted any profiling and what was the nature of such profiling.
While it has time until May 25, WhatsApp will have to explain to the government why it wants to push the update before India comes out with its law on personal data protection.
Although WhatsApp has so far maintained that the app is end-to-end encrypted and it does not share any private data with Facebook, it has said the latest update will enable it to use some of the “business conversations” hosted with Facebook for advertising.