WhatsApp responded to its privacy policy, said Zomato, Ola, Aarogya Setu also carry data: report

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WhatsApp has been engulfed in controversies over the past few months over its new privacy policy. Earlier this policy was to come into force from 8 February, but in view of the growing controversy, the company postponed it for a few months. Now this policy is going to come into effect from May 15. However, a public interest litigation has been filed in the Delhi High Court against this policy of the company, on which the company had to give its reply. According to the report, WhatsApp, in response to a petition filed in the Delhi High Court against its privacy policy update, said that many Internet-based apps and websites have similar policies and some companies collect more data than this. The Facebook-owned instant messaging app reportedly cited Big Basket, Koo, Ola, Truecaller and Zomato in its affidavit as well as the government’s privacy tracing app Aarogya Setu’s privacy policy.

Inc42 reports that an affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court on 5 May reported that WhatsApp in its affidavits included Big Basket, Koo, Ola, Truecaller and Zomato as well as the government’s contact tracing app Aarogya Setu and US tech company Google , Microsoft, Zoom and Republic World are also named as Digital Venture of Republic TV. WhatsApp has reportedly stated in the affidavit that if the court blocks their new privacy policy, the decision will also affect other tech companies in the country, including grosly deliveries and online doctor appointments.

Significantly, after WhatsApp announced its new privacy policy, it was clear that the update has been updated mainly for business accounts using the platform. This means that once the updated privacy policy is accepted, app user details such as their phone numbers and transaction data will be shared with businesses. But still, WhatsApp has said that these changes “will not affect chats made with anyone.”

Earlier, the last date for adopting this updated policy was earlier 8 February, but later the company changed it to 15 May.

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