- 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.
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