WhatsApp Shares Limited Data with Facebook, Experts Says

Popular messaging app WhatsApp has long been working on its Payment service. The application has claimed it shares limited data of payment service with Facebook, however, the social media does not use the data or information for commercial purpose. The payment service is only available in India and it is currently in beta version and its users are concerned how much of their data is being shared with Facebook.

Famous chat application with over 1 billion user base, WhatsApp claimed on its website, "Facebook does not use WhatsApp payment information for commercial purposes, it simply helps pass the necessary payment information to the bank partner and NPCI.” Further, it added, “In some cases, we may share limited data to help provide customer support to you or keep payments safe and secure."

The Ministry of Electronics and IT has kept in touch with National Payment Corporation of India to check compliance around WhatsApp payment service.

WhatsApp says, “When you make a payment, WhatsApp sends the encrypted UPI PIN to our bank partners, which are called payment service providers. WhatsApp cannot see and does not store the UPI PIN, which is encrypted by software provided by National Payment Corporation of India.”

Further, WhatsApp added, “Nor does WhatsApp store other sensitive payment information such as your one-time password, account number or full debit card details.”

The IT ministry has communicated worry around information security Facebook users in India and on June 7 again issued to Facebook looking for clarification on reports that it imparted data of clients to cell phone makers. The application likewise asserts that it doesn't uncover any data, for example, OTP, card subtle elements, account number to anybody.