What­sapp against track­ing mes­sage source in In­dia

Governance Now - - E-GOV NOTES -

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.

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