The company’s representatives told the committee that the proposed changes are aimed at bringing in more transparency and the chat and call services on the platform still remain end-to-end encrypted.
Some other members who attended the meeting maintained that the company was “evasive” in its reply on the issue of how it can bring in changes which are not conducive for Indian users. “They had no reply,” said a member, according to PTI.
After the meeting, a WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement, “We wish to thank the Honorable Parliamentary Committee for giving us an opportunity to appear before them and provide our views. We look forward to assisting the Hon’ble Committee in future as well.”
The updated policy allows the company to share data collected from WhatsApp users with the broader Facebook network, which includes Instagram, regardless of owning any accounts or profiles there. Some businesses, as per the new policy, were to use Facebook-owned servers to store messages.
This triggered an outcry regardless of WhatsApp’s assertion that all private messages between friends and family members remain end-to-end encrypted.