Indian Govt Responds to WhatsApp’s Lawsuit Against It
The Indian Government’s new policy for the functioning of social media and messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter, has become a matter of struggle between the tech companies and the government. There has been constant news that if the companies refuse to accept the new terms set by the government, their apps might get banned from India. Recently, the Facebook-owned messaging company WhatsApp sued the Indian Government for a point in its new policies, which risks the privacy of its users. The government has now responded to this lawsuit. Read on to know more about it.
WhatsApp, which has about 400 million (40 crores) users in India, sued the Indian Government regarding a point in the new policies that it has set for its functioning. According to this point in the new government policy, WhatsApp is required to keep track of messages sent by the users so that the application can find out a person who is accused of wrongdoing via tracing the message. However, WhatsApp refused to agree to this because this would mean that the company would have to violate its end-to-end encryption, which puts its users’ privacy at risk.
The Indian Government has responded to this lawsuit and said that they ‘have no intention to kill the users’ right to privacy,’ but they also cannot compromise with national security and sovereignty. The government then added that WhatsApp now has seven days to give a response to its decision on the new Private Policy set by them.
Also, according to this new law, WhatsApp only needs to trace the senders of the messages who get accused of any kind of misconduct, and WhatsApp responded to this that this selective tracing is not possible – if the encryption has to be removed, it gets removed from both the sides, senders and receivers.
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