In an interview with PTI WhatsApp Head Will Cathcart said that WhatsApp remains committed to privacy and security of users across India and will continue to explain to users that their messages are end-to-end encrypted.
"We are not keeping logs of who everyone in India is texting or calling. We do not share your contacts with Facebook or the other apps Facebook offers....You can download your account information right from WhatsApp to see for yourself the limited data we collect, WhatsApp head Will Cathcart said.
While explaining the policy update further, WhatsApp has said the new update includes changes related to messaging a business on the messaging platform, which is optional and provides further transparency about how data is collected and used.
Earlier in the day, reports had emerged stating that Centre is examining and evaluating the recent changes announced by the Facebook-owned messenger app and that Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is holding discussions over the implications of the recent move by the messaging platform.
Moreover, a petition has also been filed in Delhi High Court on Thursday alleging the new privacy policies to be a 'threat to national security.'
"We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data."