“We have responded to the Government of India’s letter and assured them that the privacy of users remains our highest priority,” WhatsApp said in a statement. It also said its update did not change the privacy of peoples’ personal messages.
WhatsApp seems to be caught in a cleft stick
As we said, this is something that WhatsApp has been crying itself hoarse with, but nobody seems to be ready to buy its protestations.
“We will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works in the coming weeks. Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update.”
This makes it obvious that WhatsApp is unable to proceed further because it cannot to antagonise Indian market.
With around 500 million people using its services, India is WhatsApp’s biggest market and the company has big expansion plans here.
But WhatsApp is involved in a legal slugfest with the Indian government. And its fair trade regulator, the CCI, has also launched a suo motu probe against WhatsApp.