New Delhi: As the tussle between the Centre and messaging platform WhatsApp over new IT rules escalates, the Facebook-owned company on Thursday reiterated that the privacy of users remains its highest priority.
However, the messaging platform assured that it will maintain its stand until at least the forthcoming PDP law comes into effect.
"We reiterate that we have already responded to the Government of India 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 messages," the statement by Whatsapp read.
A WhatsApp spokesperson assured that the company will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works in the coming weeks. Instead, 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.
Earlier on Thursday, the Centre in a fresh affidavit had told the Delhi HC that WhatsApp is currently having access to personal, sensitive personal and business data of hundreds of millions of Indian users and has also acquired a role that an "essential digital service" during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Citing a screenshot of the push notification, the Centre had urged the court to restrain WhatsApp from "pushing notifications" to its users.