Data Privacy: Concern over WhatsApp’s new policy
Sources in the government said the social media intermediary guidelines, which are in the works, may be drafted afresh to build in safeguards against such practices.
The ministry’s concerns emanates from the fact that so far entities like Facebook, etc, maintained the stance that they do not share user data with anybody. The basic definition of intermediaries is that they do not own content and are mere platforms where third-party entities place content. This particular status prevents them from liability in case anything unlawful is noticed on their platforms. In such instances, the government directs the intermediary concerned to remove the unlawful content within a specified period of time.
Only if the intermediary concerned fails to do the same expeditiously or it is found that it has conspired, abetted or aided in the generation of such content, can the government take action against it.
Experts said the government will need to tackle the issues emanating from this very carefully, as US and European Union agencies have so far been critical of the draft data protection Bill’s clause that personal data resides in servers located within the country.