The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has reportedly raised concerns over the new WhatsApp privacy policy through which WhatsApp can acquire personal data, payment transactions, contacts, location and other vital information of its users and can then use this data for any purpose.

To this end, CAIT is believed to have written to the minister for information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, requesting that the government should immediately restrict WhatsApp from implementing the new policy or put a ban on WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook.

CAIT noted that Facebook has over 200 million users in India and enabling it to access data about every user by a company can pose a serious threat to not only the economy but even to the security of the country.

WhatsApp’s new privacy policy is scheduled to be implemented from February 2021 onwards in India. And if a user doesn’t accept the policy, then he/she will have to delete the WhatsApp application.