Thursday, December 01, 2022

WhatsApp files complaint against Indian government in Delhi High Court, says new norms violate privacy

WhatsApp files complaint against Indian government in Delhi High Court, says new norms violate privacy

WhatsApp: WhatsApp has filed a complaint against the Indian government in the Delhi High Court. It specifically states to prevent the new rules from being applied. Experts say the California-based Facebook unit will be forced to breach privacy.

According to Reuters, the case prompts the Delhi High Court to declare that one of the new rules violates the right to privacy in the Indian Constitution as it requires social media companies to identify “first originators of information” as demanded by officials.

The law requires WhatsApp to only expose people who have been accused of wrongdoing, the company says it cannot do so alone. To comply with the law, since the messages are encrypted end-to-end, WhatsApp states that it will have brake encryption for the receiver as well as the “initial” of the message.

However, Reuters could not confirm that a court complaint has been filed by WhatsApp, which has about 400 million users in India. A WhatsApp spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.

What will be the effect of this case?

The case is apparently aimed at fueling the growing conflict between the Indian government and its major global markets, Facebook, Google Parent Alphabet (Google O) and Twitter (TWTR.N). Tensions have risen since a visit to Twitter offices by police earlier this week.

WhatsApp, its parent company Facebook and tech rivals have invested heavily in India, but company officials are personally concerned that the rapid change by the Indian government could put them at risk.

At the same time, Facebook has said it agrees with most of the provisions but still wants to discuss some aspects. Twitter, which has been the most criticized by critics from the government for failing to delete the post, declined to comment.

Gave charge of the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case

According to sources, the WhatsApp complaint cites a 2017 judgment of the Supreme Court of India, which upholds the privacy of the case known as Puttuswamy. WhatsApp’s argument has been endorsed by experts.

The new digital rules of the Government of India were announced on February 25. Under the rule, major social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, WhatsApp will need to do more.

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