The petition prayed that the Union of India must frame guidelines to govern big technology companies like WhatsApp and frame policies which would protect the privacy of citizens and businesses. According to the petition the updated policy is also violative of the statutory scheme envisaged under the Information Technology Act, 2000
CAIT National President B.C. Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal charged that WhatsApp has adopted the approach of 'my way or high way' which is arbitrary, unjustified, unconstitutional and cannot be accepted in a democratic country like India. WhatsApp has been fraudulently collecting personal user data.
At the time of its launch, WhatsApp attracted users based on the promise of non-sharing of user data and strong privacy principles.
The CAIT will not allow any corporate or conglomerate to enforce its 'obnoxious policies and sinister designs' to make profit in an unethical manner by firing from the shoulder of the people of India, added its petition.
On January 10, CAIT had demanded Indian government to either immediately restrict WhatsApp from implementing the new policy or put a ban on WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook citing the reason that its ultimate object seems to control trade & economy of India beside.
(With inputs from agencies)