Europe Safeguarded by GDPR
The GDPR in Europe has framed certain guidelines that should be followed by EU as well as non-EU companies. "Informing users of the data that would be taken by the platform and taking their consent," read a policy issued by the European government.
Some of the features of GDPR which safeguards WhatsApp users in Europe are:
Companies should send breach notifications to affected individuals within 72 hours
Companies should make people aware of their rights and legal actions they can take in case of misuse of their data
Changes in corporate policies that make companies more accountable for the data they collect, along with a structure to collect fines from companies that do not toe the line
India Needs Strong Data Protection Law: IFF
GDPR is a stringent and robust law protecting privacy and data of its people, unlike India which does not have any such law.
Kazim Rizvi, Founding Director of The Dialogue, a public policy and a research company believes that the reason behind the opt-out option for WhatsApp Policy update in the EU is the strict restrictions on such integration under the GDPR. "The GDPR regime enforces strict restrictions on the integration of data sets between apps even if owned by a single parent company."
"With the Joint Parliamentary Committee working on the Indian Data Protection law, they must take cognizance of the global best practices to envisage a regime that takes into account the economic and national security realities of India. What we need is an independent Data Protection Authority that can review the policies of all data fiduciaries and ensure that user privacy is secured," Rizvi told The Quint.
"India does need a strong data protection law in place which would safeguard the citizens' interests. The PDP Bill which is in Parliament is not strong enough and has multiple shortcomings."Anushka Jain, Associate Counsel, Internet Freedom Foundation
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