New Delhi, Apr 13: WhatsApp, the popular messaging application, declared that the data and messages of its users is secure. Making it official, it said that no body, even the company itself, cannot read the messages since they are secured via end-to-end encryption, a report said. The announcement comes weeks after the founder of the messaging app Brian Acton recommended the people to delete their Facebook accounts. (ALSO READ – Beware! WhatsApp Sharing Your Digital Payments Data With Facebook)

End-to-end encryption ensures only you and the person you’re communicating with can read your messages or listen to your calls, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp. It has been a part of WhatsApp since April 2016.

A few days back, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who testified before the US Congress in the wake of Cambridge Analytica scandal, said the social networking site doesn’t see the messages being sent on WhatsApp, a popular messaging platform, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014.

In his response to the question, Mark Zuckerberg said “no”. “WhatsApp messages are fully encrypted which means, no, Facebook cannot read them,” Zuckerberg said. However, WhatsApp privacy policy on digital payments says otherwise. WhatsApp has said it may share users’ digital payments data with its parent company Facebook. The popular messaging platform recently launched digital payments service for some of its Indian users in February.