In order to protect citizens' user data, strong legislation like the 2019 Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill is necessary - but is yet to be passed by Parliament.
According to the Times of India report, official sources had indicated the government has been “collecting details” and monitoring the developments around the changes to the policy which would give Facebook additional data (from user's interactions with businesses on WhatsApp) in light of potential privacy violations.
We've previously reported that WhatsApp has already begun a massive PR campaign to steer the conversation in its favour with full-page newspaper ads as people have started flocking to alternatives like Signal and Telegram.
In order to protect citizens' user data, strong legislation like the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill of 2019 is necessary - but is yet to be passed by Parliament. Europe has the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in place which is a stringent law the protects its citizen's data and privacy.
This is not the first time WhatsApp has begun sharing user data with Facebook - in fact, this began in 2016. However, back then WhatsApp had allowed its existing users to opt-out of the sharing, while new users would automaticaly be opted in. With the new policy that takes effect on February 8, users will have no choice in the matter and data will compulsorily be shared with Facebook.