Updated: March 22, 2021 10:22:28 am
Why does the IT Ministry want the high court to restrain WhatsApp?
Citing several Supreme Court judgments, the Ministry has said that since the highest court of the land had placed a responsibility upon it to come out with a “regime on data protection and privacy”, which would “limit the ability of entities” such as WhatsApp to issue “privacy policies which do not align with appropriate standards of security and data protection”, WhatsApp must be stopped from rolling out the services.
Earlier, the Ministry had written to the instant messaging platform’s global CEO Will Cathcart, asking him to withdraw the latest privacy and policy update, which it had said enabled WhatsApp and other Facebook companies “to make invasive and precise inferences about users”.
What are the various violations listed by the IT Ministry?
The first, the IT Ministry said in its affidavit, is that WhatsApp failed to specify the type of sensitive data being collected by it, which is a violation of Rule 4 (1) (ii) of the IT Rules of 2011.
The second violation, the Ministry said, was with respect to collection of information. Rule 5 (3) of the IT Rules says that any person or corporate collecting information shall notify the user if it is collecting any sensitive information, the purpose for which it is being collected, and the intended recipients of the said information.
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