Every country has its own way of maintaining cyber security. A country like, India with such a huge population should be vigil and take proper measures to ensure its safety. Hence, Indian government has introduced new regulations, which were passed in February this year, but entered into force on 26 May 2021. This law makes WhatsApp to provide the authorities with unencrypted data and user messages. The purpose of this law is to make it easier for the authorities to identify illegal content faster.
On contrary, WhatsApp is suing the Indian government for mass surveillance of the network. Arguing that the newly introduced laws threaten users’ privacy. “The new rules give authorities too much power to monitor their citizens, which, according to WhatsApp, threatens users of encrypted applications. WhatsApp is committed to doing everything possible to protect users’ private messages, so we are joining those who oppose legal provisions to make it easier to identify users.” – WhatsApp said in an online statement.
The rules, which would require WhatsApp to make people’s messages traceable, would violate people’s privacy, the messaging service said. The lawsuit, filed by WhatsApp in the Delhi High Court, seeks to block the enforceability of the rules that were handed down by the government this year. WhatsApp, a service owned by Facebook that sends encrypted messages, claimed in its suit that the rules, which were set to go into effect on Wednesday.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s minister of electronics and information technology, said in a statement late Wednesday that the government would protect Indians’ right to privacy up to a point, but that “it is also the responsibility of the government to maintain law and order and ensure national security.”