Following the announcement of this “evil” plan, which we discuss in our YouTube video, the Indian authorities gave WhatsApp 7 days to come up with a “satisfactory” response. So today, the company said that it has responded to the government and assured them that user privacy is of utmost importance.
“We have responded to the Government of India’s letter and assured them that the privacy of users remains our highest priority. As a reminder, the recent update does not change the privacy of people’s personal messages. Its purpose is to provide additional information about how people can interact with businesses if they choose to do so,” said a WhatsApp spokesperson (via Reuters).
The company also added that it will not limit the functionalities of the app in the coming weeks. Instead, it will keep reminding users periodically to accept the policy.
“We will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works in the coming weeks. Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update as well as when people choose to use relevant optional features, like communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook. We hope this approach reinforces the choice that all users have whether or not they want to interact with a business. We will maintain this approach until at least the forthcoming PDP law comes into effect,” the spokesperson further added.