Fair trade regulator found WhatsApp’s “exploitative and exclusionary conduct” in the garb of the policy update prima facie violated competition norms.
CII has taken suo moto cognisance of the matter on considering media reports and the potential impact of the policy and terms for WhatsApp users and the market, a PTI report said.
“To give you enough time to review changes at your own pace and convenience, we’ve extended the effective date to May 15th. If you haven’t accepted by then, WhatsApp will not delete your account. However, you won’t have full functionality of WhatsApp until you accept. For a short time, you’ll be able to receive calls and notifications, but won’t be able to read or send messages from the app,” a WhatsApp FAQ page said.
Notably, WhatsApp had asked users to either give their consent to sharing data with Facebook or lose their accounts after February 8. The policy was, however, put on hold till May 15 due to a massive backlash by the users.