NEW DELHI: Day after the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on WhatsApp was spotted in the Google Play Beta Programme, a top WhatsApp executive says the mobile messaging app is excited about the government’s digitization drive and the future projects in the country.
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WhatsApp has been in the news for working towards a UPI-based interface in its platform. According to media reports, the leading messaging platform is already in talks with the NPCI and a few banks to facilitate financial transactions via UPI.
Some mobile messaging platforms like WeChat and Hike Messenger already support UPI-based payment services. According to the blog website “WABetaInfo”, WhatsApp is giving shape to its plans towards bank-to-bank transfer using the UPI system.
When asked about how safe is end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp, Kao said the messaging app is secure and encryption is by “default” for all its over one billion users globally.
The company stressed it has been constantly working to maintain the privacy and security of its users. “We take down third-party apps that claim to be applications somehow linked to WhatsApp. We take them down because it compromises the security of the user,” the executive said during a media interaction here.
The company also recommended users not to install or use applications that can compromise security. WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption was implemented with help from ‘Open Whisper Systems’ which is the maker of secure messaging application “Signal”. “We have worked with ‘Open Whisper System Signal’ protocol for almost two years to bring end-to-end encryption,” Kao noted. Giving details on how the end-to-end encryption works, Kao said: “Once the message is sent, while it is still in transit, nobody can read that message.”
“This is the largest-ever deployment of end-to-end encryption in history and this has been a big step up for free speech,” Kao added.