In a statement issued on Wednesday, a WhatsApp spokesperson said that it will “continue to engage with the government” and “this update does not impact the privacy of personal messages for anyone”.
The ministry has given the company seven days to respond to its communication, and in case its response is not found satisfactory, the government will consider various options available to it under Indian laws, the source said.
In the communication, the ministry said that it was unfair on WhatsApp’s part to use its position and impose the new policy on its users, according to the source.
CNBC-TV18 had first reported on the ministry’s communication to the messaging juggernaut.
The government source also told Entrackr that in its communication, the ministry raised concerns over WhatsApp’s alleged discriminatory treatment of Indian users compared to its European users.
However, in the latest statement issued by WhatsApp, there is no mention of whether it will follow the government’s directive. In fact, the statement is just a reiteration of its previous stand as reported earlier.
If these users ignore the reminders for a certain unspecified amount of time, WhatsApp’s functionality will be severely limited.
The latest WhatsApp statement does not mention this too, and it is only clarified on WhatsApp’s FAQ page.