“We have responded to the Government of India’s letter and assured them that the privacy of users remains our highest priority,” the company said in a statement on Monday. WhatsApp also said its update did not change the privacy of peoples’ personal messages.
WhatsApp earlier this year said users would have to review its updated terms by Feb. 8 but delayed the rollout of new business features to mid-May following a global user backlash over the company’s data-sharing practices.
“We will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works in the coming weeks. Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update,” the WhatsApp statement said.
With more than 500 million people using its services, India is WhatsApp’s biggest market and the company has big expansion plans in the country.
(Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal. Editing by Jane Merriman)