WhatsApp seems to have a tough road ahead as traders’ body CAIT has demanded a ban on the messaging app over its privacy policies. The Confederation of All India Traders has written to the Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad demanding a ban on WhatsApp and Facebook for updating its privacy policies. The CAIT in their letter claimed, "all kinds of personal data, payment transactions, contacts, location and other vital information” of a person can be accessed under the new policy.
As per a PTI report, the traders’ body had alleged that "all kinds of personal data, payment transactions, contacts, location and other vital information of a person who is using WhatsApp will be acquired by it and can be used for any purpose by WhatsApp”. It asked the government to take immediate action against Facebook and WhatsApp.
CAIT demanded, "government should immediately restrict WhatsApp from implementing the new policy or put a ban on WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook”. It further stated that access to users’ data can pose serious threats economy and security of the country.
However, WhatsApp in a statement said that the messaging app’s data-sharing practices with Facebook will not impact how users communicate with each other.
"WhatsApp remains deeply committed to protecting people's privacy. We are communicating directly with users through WhatsApp about these changes so they have time to review the new policy over the course of the next month," the statesman further read.