The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology asked Whatsapp to review its policy and explain the rationale behind implementing it.
Several petitions have been filed against the policy. Taking action on this, the Delhi High Court issued a notice to Whatsapp soliciting its response on a petition challenging the policy on its data-sharing arrangement with Facebook and its mandatory imposition in India.
The Ministry also reiterated that social media platforms have to "observe due diligence prescribed by the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 notified under section 79 of IT Act, 2000."
A Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 is also under consideration, which would safeguard the privacy and interests of the Indian.