Whatsapp against tracking message source in India
Whatsapp has turned down the Indian government’s demand to provide it with a solution to track the origin of messages on its platform. Facebookowned Whatsapp says creating software to trace the origin of messages will go against the idea of user privacy and end-to-end encryption. According to news agencies, the government has asked Whatsapp to continue exploring solutions to track the original sender of provocative and nefarious messages that result in violence and crime. Whatsapp has also been asked to set up a local corporate entity that is subject to Indian laws within a defined timeframe. These requests by the government come after a spate of messages with fake news spread on the platform have resulted in deaths of people across the country.
Meanwhile, a plea has been filed in the SC that says Whatsapp has failed to appoint a grievance officer as per IT rules, following which the bench issued a notice to the government and the messaging service.