‘Committed to Protect Privacy’: WhatsApp Conveys to Govt
Cross messaging platform WhatsApp on Friday, 19 January, told PTI that it has conveyed to the Indian government that it will remain “committed to the protection of privacy of personal conversation” across the country.
WhatsApp vs Government
On 15 February, the Supreme Court issued notices to WhatsApp seeking information and undertaking an oath that the personal data of users is not being shared to any ‘third person’.
“What we have heard and read in the media, people think if A messages to B, the whole circuit to whom the message goes is known to Facebook/WhatsApp,” said a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde.
Responding to the government, WhatsApp in an emailed statement told PTI, “We continue to engage with the government and are grateful for the opportunity to answer questions that we received from them.”
WhatsApp New Update
With regard to sharing data with Facebook, the app also stated in its update on 19 February, that it uses some shopping features, which involves Facebook, “so that businesses can manage their inventory across apps. We display more information directly in WhatsApp so people can choose if they want to engage with businesses, or not,” added the statement.
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