The Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in December 2019, and intends to provide for protection of privacy of individuals and their personal data. It, however, hasn’t become a law yet.
It also asked for the number of times such notifications have been pushed everyday and the “conversion date” — the number of times these notifications led to the acceptance of the new policy.
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WhatsApp defended policy last month
WhatsApp had asked users to agree to the new policy by 8 February, but later pushed that deadline to 15 May. After facing severe backlash, WhatsApp assured users that not accepting the terms will not lead to deletion of accounts.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp filed a petition in the Delhi High Court last week, challenging Rule 4(2) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021. The rule requires social media intermediaries with large user bases (denoted as ‘significant’ social media intermediaries) to enable tracing of the originator of information on their platform when required.
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