As reported, Whatsapp had already said that Indian journalists and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using Pegasus spyware.
Minister told Lok Sabha: "WhatsApp continues to review the available information. It also mentioned that WhatsApp believes it is likely that personal data within the WhatsApp app of approximately twenty users may have been accessed out of approximately one hundred and twenty one users in India whose devices the attacker attempted to reach."
In May, WhatsApp reported an incident to country's cyber security watchdog Cert-In, stating that it had identified and promptly fixed a vulnerability that could enable an attacker to insert and execute code on mobile devices. WhatsApp also told CERT-In that the vulnerability could no longer be exploited to carry out attacks.
Prasad said: "The government operates strictly as per provisions of law and laid down protocols. There are adequate safeguards to ensure that no innocent citizen is harassed or his privacy breached."