We only share limited data of payment service to Facebook, says WhatsApp


The recent Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal has created massive hullabaloo all over the world that collected and said to have leaked personal details of 87 million people. Since then, people have started losing trust on the global social networking platform.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has now claimed that it only accumulate and share limited data of payment service to Facebook and the data is not utilized by the company for saleable purpose. WhatsApp spokesperson has said that they are now very serious on the data breach issue and are trying their best to keep it safe.

The social messaging app uses beta version of its payment service in India. National Payment Corporation of India (NPC) has been ordered by the Ministry of Electronics and IT to scrutinize WhatsApp whether it is sharing the data with Facebook or not. The NPCI has also been asked by the ministry o verify compliance of WhatsApp payment it scales up its service.

WhatsApp on its Website said, “Facebook does not use WhatsApp payment information for commercial purposes, it simply helps pass the necessary payment information to the bank partner and NPCI. In some cases, we may share limited data to help provide customer support to you or keep payments safe and secure.”

According to PTI report, whatsApp spokesperson said Facebook processes UPI (Unified Payments Interface) transaction data as a service provider for WhatsApp, and does not use WhatsApp payments transaction data for commercial purposes. The IT ministry has expressed concern around data safety Facebook users in India following data leak from its platform to Cambridge Analytica. The ministry on June 7 again issued to Facebook seeking explanation on reports that it shared information of users with mobile device makers.

“We pass the transaction information to the bank partner, which is called a PSP (payment service provider), and to NPCI (National Payment Corporation of India), so they can facilitate the movement of funds between the sender’s and receiver’s bank accounts,” WhatsApp added.

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