“We’ve reflected on what we could have done better here. We want everyone to know our history of defending end-to-end encryption and trust we’re committed to protecting people’s privacy and security. We’re now using our Status feature to share our values and updates directly within WhatsApp. We’ll be doing much more to make our voice clear going forward,” the instant messaging platform further added.
In the coming weeks, the company will display a banner in WhatsApp providing more information that people can read at their own pace. They have also included more information to try and address concerns. Eventually, they will start reminding people to review and accept these updates to keep using WhatsApp.
“We understand some people may check out other apps to see what they have to offer. We’ve seen some of our competitors try to get away with claiming they can’t see people’s messages – if an app doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption by default that means they can read your messages,” the company noted.
Concerned over the privacy of the people, Supreme Court had on Monday sought responses from the Centre and WhatsApp within four weeks on a fresh plea alleging lower standards of privacy for Indians in comparison to European users of the messaging app. The top court had said that people have grave apprehensions that they will lose their privacy, and it is our duty to protect them.