RS Prasad said he wanted Indians to have access to more technology platforms but said this should not undermine user privacy.
WhatsApp users can reach out to the company's support team directly from the app.
Leverage Artificial Intelligence to create healthcare, education solutions: Ravi Shankar Prasad to start-ups
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday asked Indian start-ups to leverage new-age technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine-to-Machine communication to create innovative solutions in healthcare and education, particularly for rural areas
Govt will wait for Facebook and Cambridge Analytica's responses before taking any action: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
Prasad further said that a UK parliamentary committee is conducting an investigation and added that he did not wish to comment on the views of one of its members.
Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government has taken a number of legal, technical, and administrative measures to prevent incidents of cybercrimes.
Aadhaar: 71.24 cr mobile connections, 82 cr bank accounts linked, claims IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
The Aadhaar based re-verification of existing mobile subscribers is expected to be carried out by telcos by 31 March, 2018, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said
India keen to address misuse of cyberspace, stop terrorists from abusing social media, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Radical elements and terrorists are abusing social media platforms for perpetuating hate and terror but India is determined to address the misuse of cyber space and thwart them, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.
Government set to release guidelines for smartphone makers to protect user data from data theft and abuse
Standards and guidelines may be announced in a few weeks aiming at data and information protection to avoid data theft through smartphones
Govt on 11 August had directed Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to immediately remove the links to dangerous online game Blue Whale Challenge, which has led to suicide of children in India and other countries
National Cyber CoordinationCentre will be implemented by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team at Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
Interestingly, the development comes at a time when WhatsApp itself is working on foraying into the digital payments space.
Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) is an app that allows transactions using Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
First held in London in 2011, then Budapest , Seoul, and Netherland, India is the second Asian country to host the event.
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asks PSUs to be vigilant while securing India's digital infrastructure
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today exhorted state-owned firms to be "vigilant" while securing digital infrastructure even as he emphasised that cyber attacks should not be a deterrent to building information superhighways in India.
How many times is IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad going to reiterate that Aadhaar is safe?
IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted a news report that suggested that private companies such as Microsoft, IBM and others may be roped in by the IT ministry to provide cloud services to government departments.
Aiming to put an end to the fraudulence on the matrimonial sites, the government on Thursday approved an advisory on functioning of such websites and also made identity proof mandatory to create accounts.
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is expected to hold meetings with the Google CEO, Sundar Pichai to further discuss the PM's Digital India initiatives.
Government on Wednesday released a commemorative postal stamp on Dr BR Ambedkar and said it will come out with a coin in his honour.
The government today launched a contest for taking suggestions from the public to develop a mobile application for the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). The application, which will be developed in association with Google, is likely to be out in two months.