Privacy of users our highest priority, says WhatsApp in response to Centre's 'trick consent' statement
Whatsapp clarified that the recent update does not change the privacy of people's personal messages. The platform said that the purpose is to provide additional information about how people can interact with businesses if they choose to do so.
WhatsApp on June 3, 2021 while responding to Centre's claim over the alleged 'trick consent' from users said that it accords highest priority to the privacy of users
• Whatsapp clarified that the recent update does not change the privacy of people's personal messages.
• The platform said that the purpose is to provide additional information about how people can interact with businesses if they choose to do so.
• The platform also responded to Centre's contention against multiple notifications to users about the update, saying that it will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works in the coming weeks.
• It said that it 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.
• Further, WhatsApp said that it will maintain this approach till at least the forthcoming Personal Data Protection (PDP) law comes into effect.
• It added saying that it hopes that this approach will reinforce the choice that all the users have whether or not they want to interact with a business.
• It said that its 2021 privacy update is a contract between private parties that users are free to accept or reject.
• The matter has been adjourned for further hearing on July 22nd.