WhatsApp assures users of data security
New Delhi: Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Friday refuted reports that it is keeping track of the messages and said that it collects very little data and every message is end-to-end encrypted.
WhatsApp was responding to concerns by experts that the popular instant messaging service with over 200-million active users in India might not be as secure as being claimed.
Questions were also being raised over certain provisions of the user agreement wherein most of its wrongdoings would go un-remedied and un-challenged.
“WhatsApp collects very little data and every message is end-to-end encrypted. Contrary to recent comments in the media, we are not keeping track of the friends and family you have messaged,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said.
“The privacy and security of our users is incredibly important to WhatsApp. Invite links are an optional feature available to group administrators to be used only with trusted individuals,” the spokesperson told PTI in response to a question.
The popular messaging platform, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, has one billion users globally and is one of the most popular mediums of instant messaging in India. In the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, WhatsApp has come under attack from critics.