India wants ability to trace WhatsApp messages to stop violence

Posted in: Government & Policy at 01/11/2018 14:59

The Indian government is pressing WhatsApp to give it the locations and identities of people using the Facebook-owned mobile messaging app to spread fake information that has led to violence.

India’s Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked WhatsApp vice president Chris Daniels about the action during a meeting this week, according to the Indian news service The Hindu.
https://thehill.com/policy/technology/414174-indian-government-wants-ability-to-trace-whatsapp-messages-to-stop-violence

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Be ready to trace the origin of messages, WhatsApp told
The government on Wednesday said it does not want WhatsApp to “decrypt and read” messages sent on its platform but “insists” that the Facebook-owned firm be able to trace the origin of messages that lead to serious crimes.

This was conveyed to WhatsApp vice president Chris Daniels at a meeting with Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/whatsapp-not-seeking-decryption-but-location-identity-of-those-sending-provocative-messages-says-centre/article25380482.ece

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