CAIT said Facebook has over 200 million users in India and enabling it to access data of every user can pose serious threat to not only the economy of the country but also to its security.
CAIT demanded that the government should immediately restrict WhatsApp from implementing the new policy or put a ban on WhatsApp and its parent company, Facebook.
“It reminds us of the days of East India Company who entered India to trade salt only and invade the country but at this time it is the data which is very crucial to wreck the backbone of economy, social structure, etc.,” the CAIT said.
“The Facebook- WhatsApp combine has shown their true colours by first facilitating the Indians to use Facebook and WhatsApp without any charge but now seeking access to data, its ultimate object seems to control trade & economy of India beside other hidden agenda,” the traders’ body said.
“It does not give a choice to the user to stay on the platform without accepting the revised terms which is also an encroachment on independence of a person.”
“How can a company operating in India force the users to accept its arbitrary and one-sided terms,” they questioned.