India’s cyber crime unit has reportedly complained to the US about messaging app companies like WhatsApp, Viber and Skype among others not acquiescing to its requests for user information or data. It has also asked US to share its technology that can help decrypt messages sent over these platforms, The Economic Times reports. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Long-term Review
India is worried that it doesn’t have the necessary technical know-how to intercept or decrypt messages as the servers for these platforms are based abroad. This is a national security risk and India wants US assistance to counter it. Also Read - OnePlus India partners American Express for cashback deals, EMI offers and more
Both the countries are gearing up for the Indo-US Police Chiefs conference on December 4, where one of the top agendas will be to try and bring these service providers under the ambit of Indian law and also set up of an ‘Indo-American Alert, Watch and Warn network’. This agency will try and get information or data from companies immediately, which normally take 15-80 days to respond to Indian requests.