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The ministry of Electronics and Information Technology wrote a strongly worded letter saying India is home to the largest user base of WhatsApp in the world and is one of the biggest markets for the messaging services.
WhatsApp has around 2 billion users around the world. The privacy policies are only applicable on Asian countries and does not apply in European countries.
Users from around the world, especially Asian countries including Hongkongers and Indians have been leaving the applications and switching to other messaging applications which do not track the users data including Telegram and Signal.
Other messaging applications have better data and privacy protection policies, attracting more users.
WhatsApp has declared that users can use the application only after agreeing to the new terms about sharing their personal information otherwise users will not be allowed to use the service.
By Meena Atmakuri