In January, WhatsApp had said, “As part of the Facebook Companies, WhatsApp receives information from and shares information with the other Facebook Companies. We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings, including the Facebook Company Products.”
However, after the widespread criticism over the apprehension of privacy sabotage, WhatsApp had pushed the contentious policy rollout from February 8 to May 15.
In its blog post, WhatsApp also said it had previously encountered a great deal of “misinformation” about its policy update and that it continues to work on clearing up the confusion.
“We also think it’s important people know how we can provide WhatsApp for free. Every day, millions of people start a WhatsApp chat with a business because it’s easier to do so than placing a phone call or exchanging emails. We charge businesses to provide customer service on WhatsApp—not people. Some shopping features involve Facebook so that businesses can manage their inventory across apps,” it added in the blog post.
The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Centre, Facebook and WhatsApp and sought their response within four weeks on a fresh plea alleging lower standards of privacy for Indians in comparison to European users of the messaging app. The apex court said people value their privacy more than the value of the company which might be in trillions.