May 25, 2021 / 11:26 AM IST
The messaging app, which has over 400 million users in India, refused to do so until the Personal Data Protection (PDP) law comes into effect.
The PDP bill was drafted by the Srikrishna Committee in 2018. The bill is influenced by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and was drafted in response to the Supreme Court's mandate to the Indian government recognising privacy as a fundamental right.
The GDPR does not permit WhatsApp to share its data with Facebook or any other third party company. Similarly, when converted into a law, PDP would grant extensive data protection rights to Indian citizens while imposing limitations on the collection and processing of personal and sensitive data.
“We hope this approach reinforces the choice that all users have whether or not they want to interact with a business. We will maintain this approach until at least the forthcoming PDP law comes into effect,” the statement said.