WhatsApp has been working on rolling out its UPI based payments system in India, and authorities are concerned about how the firm’s parent company may impact on user privacy, especially with something as sensitive as payments.

“Indian authorities are concerned that WhatsApp’s payment service might share user data with group companies Facebook and Instagram, compromising the security, privacy and non-commercial information of its subscribers,” The Indian Econnomic Times reported. “The government has asked the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to look into the matter and ensure that user data collected through payment services such as WhatsApp and Google Pay is not shared.”

WhatsApp has said that it would not be sharing any of its data with Facebook or any other company, keeping it all in-house. Despite that, the government would like stronger assurances that even “non-commercial information” or information about a user collected on the WhatsApp payment platform must not be shared with Facebook or its other subsidiaries.”

WhatsApp still remains optimistic about the launch, with an end of year launch roadmap in the works.  “We believe that if we get this right, it will accelerate financial inclusion and bring value for people in India’s fast-growing digital economy, WhatsApp Global Head Will Cathcart said this week, “We can’t wait to provide the service more of our users all across India later this year”

Via: The Next Web

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