The petition has alleged that WhatsApp's new policy was 'a violation of privacy', challenging the use and storage of data by Facebook under the new terms.
Earlier in the day, news agency PTI had reported that the Centre was examining and evaluating the recent changes announced by WhatsApp and internal discussions were on within the IT Ministry over the implications of the recent move. "The issue needs to be looked at, in detail, given that concerns have been raised by a large section of users including some top business leaders," it said.
This led to a user backlash with many shifting to rival platforms like Telegram and Signal, these platforms recording millions of downloads globally in the immediate aftermath of the event.
Amid the public outrage, WhatsApp, on its part, has sought to assuage users' concerns saying its latest policy update does not affect the privacy of messages on the platform. WhatsApp's clarification says, "We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data."
WhatsApp, which has over 400 million users in India, counts the country among its biggest markets globally.