The Indian Government Wants To Break Messaging Encryption, WhatsApp's Suing

The Indian Government Wants To Break Messaging Encryption, WhatsApp's Suing

WhatsApp is taking India’s government to court over a new mandate that it claims will lead to mass surveillance of users in the company’s biggest market.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • WhatsApp’s suit focuses on a provision stating that all major messaging apps—including encrypted platforms like WhatsApp, Signal, and Telegram—need to give Indian authorities the power to “trace” private messages.
  • Until now, when authorities approach WhatsApp with requests for information, those authorities need to ask about a specific account that they can prove is using the platform for something criminal.
  • Under the new mandate, a WhatsApp user could have their account scrutinized by authorities if they’re trying to fact-check or raise alarms about a piece of problematic content.
  • There’s also the fact that it’s impossible to make an encrypted platform traceable without breaking that encryption, a move that will compromise the security of WhatsApp users to potential hacks.

Read the original story here.

Comments

Sign in or become a tippinsights member to join the conversation.
Just enter your email below to get a log in link.