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WhatsApp sued the Indian government, saying – new IT rules will eliminate privacy

WhatsApp has filed a case against the Government of India in the Delhi High Court, in which it has sought to stop the new IT rules to be implemented from today.  Whatsapp vs Government of India case was filed on Tuesday, 25 May.  The Messenger app said that the privacy of users will be affected by the new rules.

In fact, on 25 February 2021, the Central Government had directed to appoint Compliance Officer, Nodal Officer etc. on behalf of the Ministry of Electronics and IT of India to regulate digital content within 3 months.  It is important that all these areas should be in India.  Under the order given by the government, companies have to appoint a Compliance Officer and it is mandatory for them to have their name and contact address in India.

Asking for ‘trace’ chat is like asking for fingerprint information

In a statement issued by WhatsApp, it has been said that in the new guidelines of the government, it has been said to trace the chat and in a way it is as if the information about the fingerprint of our users is being sought. This will break end-to-end encryption and fundamentally weaken people’s right to privacy. On behalf of WhatsApp, it has been said that we are with the civil society on this matter, which talks about the privacy of the people who use WhatsApp all over the world.

In the meantime, we will also continue to engage with the Indian government on practical solutions aimed at keeping people safe, WhatsApp said, including the response to legitimate legal requests for information available to us.

Facebook said this Significantly, on Tuesday, Google and Facebook said that they are trying to follow the new rules. Facebook had said that as per the IT rules, we are working towards implementing operational procedures and improving efficiency. We are committed to the ability of people on our platforms to express themselves freely and safely.