WhatsApp messaging service is suing the Indian government in the Delhi high court and is challenging new rules that would force it to break its encryption, potentially revealing the identities of the people who had sent and received billions of messages on the your platform. Reuters reported for the first time the lawsuit, which a WhatsApp spokesman confirmed to BuzzFeed News.
“Civil society and technical experts around the world have consistently argued that the requirement to‘ track ’private messages would break end-to-end encryption and lead to real abuse,” a WhatsApp spokesman told BuzzFeed News. “WhatsApp is committed to protecting the privacy of people’s personal messages and we will continue to do our utmost within the laws of India to do so.”
A spokesman for India’s IT ministry did not send any requests for comment when this story was published.
More than 400 million of the 1.2 billion people who use WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, are from India.
Since 2016, messages and files sent via WhatsApp have been encrypted, meaning no one but the sender and receiver can see their content. WhatsApp has long said that this is important for people’s privacy. But governments around the world, including USA, UK, Australia, Canada and Japan they’ve been pushing apps like WhatsApp to break that encryption, saying they won’t be able to track who sent what poses a challenge to law enforcement. Digital rights organizations such as Sign in now, el Electronic Frontier Foundation, i Mozilla they have supported WhatsApp’s struggle to keep end-to-end encryption.
India has recently been enacted Computer standards they require messaging platforms like WhatsApp to be able to provide a way to track the identity of the sender of any message. The content of these messages would not be revealed. The new rules come into force today.
In a blog post on its official website posted on Tuesday afternoon, WhatsApp said that “demanding traceability is effectively demanding a new form of mass surveillance.”
He also said that traceability would violate human rights. “Innocent people could get caught up in investigations or even go to jail for sharing content that would later become a problem in the eyes of a government, even if they meant no harm in sharing it in the first place.” said the WhatsApp message. “The threat that anything someone writes goes back to them removes people’s privacy and would have a gruesome effect on what people say even in private settings, violating universally recognized principles of free speech and human rights.” .
India is an important and important market for global technology giants. But in recent times, these companies are facing pressure from an increasingly authoritarian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Earlier this week, police in Delhi visited Twitter offices after the platform labeled some tweets from ruling party members as “manipulated media.”