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Traders’ body The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) wrote to Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asking the government to band the Facebook and WhatsApp or order the messaging app to not implement the new policy. 

The CAIT said 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”.

The trader’s body has demanded that “government should immediately restrict WhatsApp from implementing the new policy or put a ban on WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook”, 

The CAIT said that Facebook has 200 million users in India and allowing them to intrude in people’s privacy is a serious threat to India and the economy.

In a mail response WhatsApp defended its policy and said, “To further increase transparency, we updated the privacy policy to describe that going forward businesses can choose to receive secure hosting services from our parent company Facebook to help manage their communications with their customers on WhatsApp.”

“Though of course, it remains up to the user whether they want to message with a business on WhatsApp” it added.

“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 spokesperson of WhatsApp said.

“The changed privacy policy of WhatsApp is an encroachment on the privacy of an individual and runs against the fundamentals of the Constitution of India and therefore the CAIT has demanded immediate intervention of the government,” said Praveen Khandelwal, CAIT Secretary-General. 

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