WhatsApp will be able to access the bank account of the user. It will know what user is paying you and to whom and other related details, like the details of the purchase and the location of delivery. Basically, it can track every user, CAIT said.
By obtaining such huge data they will precisely know the purchasing and spending behavior of users, what they consume, the volume of requirements of various items travels, and destinations, bookings of flights, railways, cabs, road transport, etc.
A mail has been sent discussing the same to the Minister for Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad.
What does CAIT have to say about this?
“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 the economy, social structure, etc. The Facebook- WhatsApp combine has shown their true colors 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 besides other hidden agenda,”.
Major issues, as highlighted by CAIT ->
WhatsApp aims to obtain more data about each user which will enable it to know a lot of personal details such as account information, including phone number, address book information, status information, all the data on transactions and payments and this data may be linked with its new feature, WhatsApp payments.
It will be horrific when this data will be used by both WhatsApp and Facebook for various purposes, including the enablement of Facebook to use data with an e-commerce portal or compromising data with various companies to earn commercial benefits. Since Facebook is the parent company of WhatsApp, it will have no problem in accessing all the data of the users.