The latest to do so is India, which has a recent history of dealing swiftly with apps that skirt any data sharing regulations.
Adding that, “Therefore, you are called upon to withdraw the proposed changes.”
“Such a differential treatment is prejudicial to the interests of Indian users and is viewed with serious concern by the government,” the email points out.
Whether the company will acquiesce to the requests remains to be seen, but given that India represents one of the biggest mobile markets on the planet, losing its users due to a ban, would be less than ideal. The country is also the largest territory for WhatsApp in terms of sheer user numbers, with an estimated 340 million according to figures from September of 2019.
That said, the ministry may look for WhatsApp to refine its policy, which when issued out to users at the beginning of the year, was very much an accept or leave directive. If there was greater choice involved with this new policy, it could potentially prove more acceptable.
“This ‘all-or-nothing’ approach takes away any meaningful choice from Indian users. This approach leverages the social significance of WhatsApp to force users into a bargain, which may infringe on their interests in relation to informational privacy and information security,” the email continues.