Government Seeks Ban On Facebook, WhatsApp, Threatens National Security

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Government Seeks Ban On Facebook, WhatsApp, Threatens National Security
Government Seeks Ban On Facebook, WhatsApp, Threatens National Security

Following the announcement of WhatsApp’s new policy, the war against the app has started in many places. The Confederation of All India Traders or CAIT has now come out against WhatsApp. CAIT has approached Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to demand that India not implement WhatsApp’s new policy or ban both apps in the country. Apps hold a lot of personal information, such as payment information, contacts and location. CAIT requires that the information provided to WhatsApp be retained in WhatsApp. Facebook has over 20 crore users in India.

They recall that the British East India Company came to India to buy salt and conquered the whole country. They have acquired data that can shake the backbone of India’s economy and even its social structure. At first, Facebook and WhatsApp were allowed to be used as separate apps without paying. Now they have revealed their identity. According to CAIT, they may have a number of secret plans in place, including aimed at controlling India’s trade and economy by combining data from the two apps. WhatsApp’s new policy is set to take effect next month. Before that, Facebook ordered them to accept their terms or abandon WhatsApp. 

The new policy is an invasion of the privacy of Indians. It is a violation of the fundamental rights granted by the Constitution. Therefore, the government should take immediate action, said CAIT National President B.C. Bhartia demands. It is also said to be an attempt to trap people without reading the new policies and without realizing what they are doing. CAIT has been angered by Facebook’s order not to use WhatsApp, which has long been used without approving the policy. The group says this is an encroachment on individual freedom. How does a private company operating in India impose their unilateral policies on the people? The CAIT therefore urges the government to take immediate action.

Account information, phone number. Address book information, status information, money transaction information and other data will be in their hands. Payments, especially through WhatsApp, are now allowed. The CAIT says it would be a disaster if Facebook and WhatsApp started using all this data. They can use this data in conjunction with an ecommerce portal. WhatsApp can know the location of a person and collect information about him. WhatsApp will also get his bank account details. WhatsApp lets you know who is paying you. CAIT points out that the app can know where the goods were purchased and where they were delivered. They say it would be a tragedy to allow such details to be known with extreme precision. The request is to stop the app, which works with the ability to know everything a person buys, what he eats, how much each item he buys, where he travels, airplane, train, public transportation, and so on.

At the same time, there has been a global outcry that those who believe that Facebook, which describes itself as a data collection monster, acquired the glory of WhatsApp in 2014 and kept it without taking any data are pure fools. Some argue that they have been taking a lot of data since 2016 at least. It cannot be ruled out that behind the announcement of the new policy may be part of an attempt to raise some objections to the ongoing investigation against Facebook in the United States. The move to make Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram into three companies is going smoothly. So the new move could be an attempt to create an opportunity to keep up with the question of how WhatsApp’s data got into the hands of Facebook.

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