NEW DELHI: On Thursday, Facebook executives received concerns from an Indian parliamentary panel over changes to the privacy policies of WhatsApp, days after the country’s ministry of technology requested the messaging site to revoke them.
The committee questioned whether Facebook wanted to adjust the privacy terms of WhatsApp and how it would affect users, a member of the panel told reporters.
“Members wanted to know the policy’s implications for Indian consumers,” said the panel member, adding that WhatsApp said it would send written responses.
The organisation has offered its views and will continue to assist the committee in the future, a WhatsApp spokeswoman said.
India is WhatsApp’s largest market with 400 million users, and the messaging service has major ambitions for the country’s growing digital payments space, including selling health insurance to partners.
Demand for competing apps such as Signal and Telegram grew on privacy issues, and last week WhatsApp agreed to delay the start of the new policy to May from February.
Last year, Facebook spent $5.7 billion in the digital unit of the conglomerate Reliance Industries, headed by Mukesh Ambani, with much of it targeted at enticing tens of millions of typical shop owners to use WhatsApp digital payments.