‘Committed To Privacy’: WhatsApp Conveys To Indian Government After Privacy Policy Update

Hours after announcing its decision to go ahead with the contentious privacy policy update, WhatsApp today said it has conveyed to the government of India that it remains committed to the protection of privacy of personal conversations across the country.

Last month, the global messaging app had faced outrage over the policy of sharing data with social media giant Facebook, which happens to be WhatsApp’s parent company. Moreover, stringent questions were asked by the Indian government after it informed users about the controversial privacy policy update.

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 a blog post on Friday, WhatsApp said it will display a banner in the app in the coming weeks “providing more information that people can read at their own pace but the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy remain the same. As a reminder, this update does not change the privacy of people’s personal conversations and does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook,” WhatsApp said.

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.

‘Committed To Privacy’: WhatsApp Conveys To Indian Government After Privacy Policy Update via @MasterMindUpdate
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