A company spokesperson said this would be the approach at least until the new personal data protection Bill became law.
Also, even if such users interact with business accounts on WhatsApp, the data from that interaction will not, for now, be shared with Facebook.
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WhatsApp has repeatedly said that signing up for the new policy does not mean that private data of the user would be shared with Facebook. It has, however, accepted that the policy update would enable it to use some of the “business conversations” hosted with the social network for advertising.
WhatsApp, which has more than 53 crore users in India, had informed personal account users earlier this year that they had until February 8 to accept the new terms and conditions or delete their accounts.
After users and privacy experts protested, the company said it was deferring the rollout of the new policy to May 15, but would not extend it beyond that.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had written to WhatsApp, first in January and then in May, asking that the new policy be rolled back. The policy undermined “the sacrosanct values of informational privacy, data security and user choice for Indian users”, the Ministry said in May.
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 those collected from users in other parts of the world.
The Ministry had also asked whether the company conducted any profiling and, if so, the nature of such profiling.