Privacy Policy: WhatsApp Moves Delhi High Court Against Central Government

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New Delhi, 26th May 2021: A petition has been filed by WhatsApp against the Government of India in the Delhi High Court. In this complaint, WhatsApp has demanded the government not to implement the regulations issued from Wednesday.


Under the new rules, the government has asked Facebook-owned company to step back from privacy rules. In the suit, the Delhi High Court has been asked to declare that one of the new rules is a violation of the right to privacy granted under the Constitution of India. This is because according to this rule, when governments demand, social media companies have to identify the person who shares the information first.


According to the law, WhatsApp needs to identify only those people who are accused of sharing false information, but WhatsApp says that it cannot do it. According to WhatsApp, its messages are encrypted end-to-end. It says that to comply with the new rule, it will have to break this encryption for those who receive the message and for those who share the message first.


However, it is not yet known when the court will hear the petition. The experts of the case have also refused to reveal their identity in view of its sensitivity. A WhatsApp spokesperson also declined to comment on the issue. However, the case may further exacerbate the Indian government’s ongoing confrontation with other social media companies, including Facebook, Twitter. Last week, the Delhi Police reached the Twitter office over the toolkit dispute that broke out between the Congress and the BJP. WhatsApp had tagged ‘Manipulative Media’ in a tweet by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.


Earlier, the Indian government had asked Twitter to delete several tweets. The Central Government said that these tweets were spreading misleading information about the Corona epidemic. However, it was also claimed that the Central Government also deleted the tweets in which it was criticized.


WhatsApp has given information about this on its FAQ page as well. However, there has not been written about any particular country, but WhatsApp has registered a case against the Government of India on this matter. WhatsApp has said that some people are asking it to do ‘traceability’.


According to WhatsApp, traceability means finding out who actually sent a message first. WhatsApp says that traceability causes an ‘end-to-end’ encryption break and puts the privacy of billions of people at risk. WhatsApp introduced ‘end-to-end’ encryption in 2016, so that only calls, messages, photos, videos and voice notes made through it would be received by the person to whom they were sent. WhatsApp claims that it cannot read or see this message.