WhatsApp was given a seven-day deadline by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). According to ministry sources, if no appropriate response is received, required legal procedures would be initiated.
“Various measures available under Indian legislation would be considered by the Indian government,” official officials told ANI. “As you’re certainly aware, many Indian citizens rely on WhatsApp to interact in everyday life,” the official continued.
The official further said, “As you’re doubtlessly aware, many Indian citizens depend on WhatsApp to communicate in everyday life. It is not just problematic, but also irresponsible for WhatsApp to leverage this position to impose unfair terms and conditions on Indian users, particularly those that discriminate against Indian users vis-à-vis users in Europe.”
The letter reiterated how WhatsApp discriminated against Indian users as compared to Europeans. It stated that while European users had the option to opt out of the policy, Indian users did not enjoy the same right.