WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy is only for India


The central government has expressed concern over the new privacy policy of the major messaging app WhatsApp, in its reply to the Delhi High Court, Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma said that WhatsApp behaved differently with Indian consumers than European countries.  

It is also a matter of concern that Indian consumers are being forced to change privacy policy immediately. A bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva heard a petition filed to demand the repeal of WhatsApp’s new privacy policy.

The Additional Solicitor General stated before the bench that WhatsApp’s privacy policy introduced to European consumers prohibits sharing of information with Facebook, while the privacy policy to Indian consumers does the opposite.

Downloading not mandatory :

The bench reiterated its remarks made during the hearing on January 18, saying that downloading WhatsApp is not mandatory.  Other apps also have similar terms and conditions for the consumer. The next hearing on the petition will be on March 1.

What are the other options ? 

After the prevailing issues on WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, users are now opting for Telegram, Signal and likewise Apps.