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WhatsApp to review changes in proposed privacy policy: Government

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology has asked WhatsApp to review the proposed changes in the proposed new privacy policy and explain its rationale. This information was given by the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Sanjay Dhotre in a written reply to the question of PC Mohan, Tejashwi Surya and Pratap Simha in the Lok Sabha.

The Minister said that Section 43A of the Information Technology Act, 2020, has a provision to protect sensitive personal information collected by a corporate body, including WhatsApp. WhatsApp has been asked to take precautions as prescribed in the Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules, 2011 notified under Section 79 of the IT Act.

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“Besides this, the government has already introduced the Privacy Data Protection Bill in Parliament which is under consideration of the Joint Committee of Parliament,” Dhotre said. There is a provision in this bill to protect the privacy and interests of Indian citizens.

The Minister informed that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has taken up the work of amending the Information Technology Act 2000 which includes, inter alia, tightening the provisions of making intermediaries more sensitive and accountable to Indian users. (agency)

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