• 'You may be 2-3 trillion dollar company but people value privacy more than money', SC tells WhatsApp
    New Delhi, February 15 (PTI): "You may be two-three trillion dollar company but people value their privacy more than the money," the Supreme Court told WhatsApp on Monday as it sought the US-based instant messaging firm's reply on a fresh plea challenging its new policy to share users' data with parent company Facebook and others. It is the duty of the judiciary to protect citizens' privacy, the top court said, asking WhatsApp as also the Centre to file re
  • Plea in SC: Stay WhatsApp privacy policy that affects 400 mn Indians
    New Delhi, January 30 (IANS): A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking an interim stay on the operation of new privacy policy of WhatsApp, the applicaton with more than 400 million users in the country. The intervention application has been filed by Internet Freedom Foundation in the 2017 matter of Karmanya Singh Sareen and others, which was against the 2016 privacy policy of the company. This matter is being heard by the apex court. The petitioner requested the top cou
  • 3 in 4 Indians reconsidering their WhatsApp usage: Report
    Gurugram, January 29 (IANS): As the Indian government asks WhatsApp to withdraw, not defer, the new user data privacy policy, a new nationwide study revealed on Friday that 79 per cent of consumers among those surveyed are re-considering their WhatsApp usage. While an overwhelming 79 per cent are reconsidering using WhatsApp, 28 per cent of those even plan to leave WhatsApp after implementation of its new policy in May 2021, according to new research by CyberMedia Research (CMR), a
  • WhatsApp adds additional security layer to link account to PCs
    New Delhi, January 28 (IANS): As millions of people now access WhatsApp on their PCs and laptops, the Facebook-owned platform on Thursday announced to add an additional layer of security where users will be able to link their WhatsApp account on mobile phones to their computers. In order to link WhatsApp Web or Desktop to your WhatsApp account, you will now be asked to use your face or fingerprint unlock on your phone, before scanning a QR code from the phone to link your device.
  • Will always protect personal messages: WhatsApp
    New Delhi, January 20 (PTI): A day after India asked it to withdraw changes to its privacy policy, WhatsApp on Wednesday said the proposed change does not expand its ability to share user data with Facebook and that it is open to answering questions on the issue. The Indian government on Tuesday posed 14 questions to WhatsApp on its "invasive" changes in Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. "We wish to reinforce that this update does not expand our ability to share
  • India asks WhatsApp to withdraw privacy policy changes
    New Delhi, January 19 (PTI): The Indian government has asked WhatsApp to withdraw the recent changes in the privacy policy of the messaging app, saying unilateral changes are unfair and unacceptable. In a strongly worded letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, the ministry of electronics and information technology said India is home to the largest user base of WhatsApp globally and is one the biggest markets for its services. The proposed changes to the WhatsApp Terms of Service an
  • Juhi Chawla on WhatsApp: When anything is free, your freedom is the price
    Mumbai, January 18 (IANS): Actress Juhi Chawla on Monday took a jibe at social networking platforms WhatsApp and Facebook at a time when millions of users are abandoning WhatsApp and opting for other chatting platforms to ensure their privacy is maintained. Taking a dig at the above mentioned social networking platforms, Juhi shared a note on Twitter that reads: "When anything is free, your freedom is the price. "Desmond Tutu once said, 'When the missionaries came t
  • WhatsApp delays policy update rollout to May 15
    New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): WhatsApp has decided to delay the rollout of its new policy update to May 15 after massive criticism from users globally, including India, over concerns that data was being shared with its parent company Facebook. The move assumes significance for users in India given that the country is among the biggest markets for WhatsApp with over 400 million users. In a blog post, WhatsApp said it is moving back the date on which people will be asked to review a
  • WhatsApp advises users as Google removes group chat links
    New Delhi, January 11 (IANS): Concerned at private group chat links being available on Google Search, WhatsApp on Monday said that they have asked Google not to index such chats and advised users not to share group chat links on publicly accessible websites. Google had indexed invite links to private WhatsApp group chats, meaning anyone can join various private chat groups with a simple search. The indexed WhatsApp group chat links have now been removed from Google. Independen
  • 400mn Indians can now send money via WhatsApp
    NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 6 (IANS): After two years of waiting, WhatsApp payment service has received approval from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to go live on Unified Payment Interface (UPI) with over 160 supported banks. Over 400 million WhatsApp users in India can now securely send money to friends and family, and payments feature is now available for iPhone and Android users who are on the latest version of the app. "I am excited today that WhatsApp has bee
  • WhatsApp introduces animated stickers, QR codes globally
    NEW DELHI, JULY 1 (IANS): WhatsApp on Wednesday introduced animated stickers, QR codes and improvements to group video calls for its more than 2 billion users globally.   Animated stickers are one of the fastest growing ways people communicate on WhatsApp, with billions being sent every day.   "We are rolling out new animated sticker packs that are even more fun and expressive," the Facebook-owned platform said in a statement.   "We are m
  • WhatsApp on way to become India's digital banking channel
    New Delhi, June 15 (IANS): WhatsApp Pay is on the cards for its over 400 millions users in India but before it becomes a mainstream mode of payment and mobile-based ecommerce, banks in India are already leveraging the app in helping digitally-inactive customers adopt WhatsApp as their first digital banking channel in the social distancing times.   Today, WhatsApp has become a convenient and seamless channel for customers to interact with banks, which are providing a range of
  • WhatsApp spyware: Why more Indians want to try to Signal, Telegram
    (Reuters file Photo)   New Delhi, November  2 (IANS): With the shocking revelation that WhatsApp of many Indian journalists and activists was compromised, social media is now abuzz with users mulling a migration to other messaging platforms such as Signal and Telegram.   Like WhatsApp, which has over 400 million users in India, Signal and Telegram too offer end-to-end encryption.   But soon after the news broke that a bug in WhatsApp's audio call f