The Indian government’s new IT regulations will take effect today. Large technology companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp have not yet agreed to the new regulations, which is why people doubt whether these services can be banned in India soon.
According to Reuters, Facebook’s own messaging giant has filed a lawsuit in the Delhi High Court. One of the new media rules will violate the privacy of users on its platform.
If required by the authorities, the rules discussed here require social media companies to identify the first creator of information. This is a problem because WhatsApp can only effectively enforce this rule if it violates all the rules. End of encryption. Integrated into the service of all users.
In a statement given to BGR India, a WhatsApp spokesperson was quoted as saying “requiring messaging apps to “trace” chats is the equivalent of asking us to keep a fingerprint of every single message sent on WhatsApp, which would break end-to-end encryption and fundamentally undermines people’s right to privacy.” Further, the spokesperson added, “We have consistently joined civil society and experts around the world in opposing requirements that would violate the privacy of our users.”
Except for the unknown source of the message to Reuters, there is currently no confirmation regarding WhatsApp’s complaint to the Delhi Supreme Court. However, the Indian government is waging war on social media platforms and recently raided the Twitter offices in India. WhatsApp may sue the Indian government and question the new media rules. It remains to be seen when the court will hear the case and its outcome, as this may have a serious impact on Internet services and users in India. Online data protection.
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