New Delhi, Apr 10: The world’s most popular instant messaging service, WhatsApp said it may share users’ digital payments data with its parent company Facebook, which has been under scrutiny over Cambridge Analytica scandal. WhatsApp launched digital payments service for some of its users in February. Based on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform, WhatsApp is soon to extend the service to all users in India.

“We share information with third-party providers and services to help us operate and improve Payments. To send payment instructions to PSPs (payment service providers), maintain your transaction history, provide customer support, and keep our Services safe and secure, including to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, safety, security, abuse, or other misconduct, we share information we collect under this Payments Privacy Policy with third-party service providers including Facebook,” a clause in Whatsapp’s privacy policy reads.

“To provide Payments to you, we share information with third-party services including PSPs, such as your mobile phone number, registration information, device identifiers, VPAs (virtual payments addresses), the sender’s UPI PIN, and payment amount,” it adds. WhatsApp, however, refuted reports that it is keeping track of the messages and said that it collects very little data and every message is end-to-end encrypted.

WhatsApp collects very little data and every message is end-to-end encrypted. Contrary to recent comments in the media, we are not keeping track of the friends and family you have messaged, a WhatsApp spokesperson told PTI. WhatsApp was responding to concerns by experts that the popular instant messaging service with over 200-million active users in India might not be as secure as being claimed.

The popular messaging platform, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, has one billion users globally and is one of the most popular mediums of instant messaging in India. In the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, WhatsApp has come under attack from critics.