What you need to know
- WhatsApp has moved the Delhi High Court to challenge India's new IT rules.
- The new rules require social media intermediaries to make provisions to trace users' messages.
- The Facebook-owned messaging app has argued that the new rules undermine the privacy of its users.
Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit in India to challenge new government rules that would require it to make provisions to allow users' encrypted messages to be traced. WhatsApp says the rules "fundamentally undermine people's right to privacy" and would break end-to-end encryption on its platform.
WhatsApp also believes that tracing messages would not just be ineffective but also highly susceptible to abuse. Since traceability would force the best Android messaging apps to hand over the names of people who shared something even if they did not create it, innocent people might get caught up in investigations.
In a post explaining its stand on traceability, WhatsApp wrote:
The lawsuit comes a day after WhatsApp parent Facebook confirmed that it will comply with the new provisions of the new IT rules. However, it is yet to appoint a resident grievance officer, a chief compliance officer and a nodal contact person as required by the new norms.
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