The spokesperson, in an emailed statement, said the company will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works in the coming weeks. Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update…We hope this approach reinforces the choice that all users have whether or not they want to interact with a business. We will maintain this approach until at least the forthcoming PDP (Personal Data Protection) law comes into effect, the spokesperson added.
The spokesperson reiterated that the recent update does not change the privacy of people’s personal messages. Its purpose is to provide additional information about how people can interact with businesses if they choose to do so, the spokesperson added.
WhatsApp, in the past, has said it is open to answering any questions from the government on privacy and that it will continue to explain to users that their messages are end-to-end encrypted.