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Responding to the Indian government's allegation, a WhatsApp spokesperson said that the company won't limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works in the coming weeks:
"We reiterate that we've already responded to the Government of India and assured it that users' privacy remains our priority. As a reminder, the recent update doesn't change the privacy of people’s personal messages, rather provides additional information about how people can interact with businesses,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement.
The Indian government also asserted that the Competition Commission of India (CCI) – a statutory body that works to protect the interests of consumers – has said that WhatsApp has contravened the provisions of Section 4 of the Competition Act, 2002, "through its exploitative and exclusionary conduct, in the garb of policy update".
Earlier, in May, WhatsApp moved the Delhi High Court on the ground that the new IT rules would cause the platform to ‘break privacy protections’.
WhatsApp is worried that the social media intermediary IT rules will go against its 'end-to-end encryption' stance that pledges to never read or store messages on their servers, resulting in a stalemate between the company and government.
The Centre had proposed to assign alphanumeric hashes to WhatsApp messages so that originator of every message can be traced back.