Brasilia/New Delhi, April 17 After facing an intense scrutiny in India over its upcoming privacy update, consumer protection agencies in Brazil have now asked the government to act on the May 15 privacy update that will allow Facebook to aggregate users’ data across all of its platforms.
“It is essential that the Brazilian authorities press [Facebook] for clear answers and that the administrative procedures implemented respect the data protection rights of Brazilians”, said Michel Roberto de Souza, the lawyer leading the digital rights programme at Idec.
In a communication sent to Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, CAIT demanded that the government immediately restrict WhatsApp from implementing the new policy or put a ban on WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook.
According to the Idec in Brazil, “there is a lack of clear information to users on the upcoming changes and their consequences”.
“There are strong indications that the company disrespects the consumer protection code and the civil framework of the Internet and did not adequately adapt to the new data protection legislation,” Idec argued.