According to the new IT rules set by the Indian government, every social media and messaging service has to declare the “first originator of information” when authorities demand it. WhatsApp says that the new policy will for the company to break its encryption, and potentially reveal the identities of the people who’ve sent messages through the platform.
WhatsApp, in a statement, said:
“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.”
Facebook says that the new rules would break the user’s privacy in India, and the team is working with a bunch of ‘experts’ to come to a solution. The company says that the Indian government’s own ‘officials’ have also cited issues with the new policy.
The new guidelines ask the social media platforms to identify the originator of the messages and also keep an automated check on the content uploaded to their platforms. It asks these platforms to set up a grievance response mechanism and take down content within 36 hours of a legal order.Reuters]