Govt Should Ban WhatsApp Pay For Privacy Violations’, Says Atmanirbhar Digital India Foundation


Atmanirbhar Digital India Foundation (ADIF), a newly formed industry association of Indian startups, has alleged that WhatsApp’s recent privacy policy update is a looming threat to the payments and financial data of users and has sought greater oversight from the authorities.


The policy could also lead to increased data sharing between WhatsApp Payments and parent entity Facebook despite the instant messaging platform’s position that the update applies only to WhatsApp Chat, it said in a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office, Reserve Bank of India, and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).


In the letter addressed to RBI governor Shaktikanta Das, Ajay Data, the secretary-general of ADIF, said that WhatsApp was not being forthright with its intentions with respect to a provision in the WhatsApp Payment policy. According to the provision, “a UPI transaction on WhatsApp Pay utilises Facebook infrastructure and that in certain cases, a user’s limited data may be shared to help provide customer support to the user or keep payments safe and secure.”

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