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WhatsApp has agreed to all the demands by Indian government except the ability to trace messages

Indian authority was one of the handful that was demanding that WhatsApp should add the ability to decrypt messages on its platform.

  • Published: August 23, 2018 12:07 PM IST
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WhatsApp has caved under the pressure by the Indian governments for demands on changing how the company functions in the country. According to a new report by the Times of India, the company has agreed to all the demands that were made by the IT ministry with one exception. the report clarified that the one exception here is the ability to track WhatsApp messages. The government wanted the company to develop a solution that would allow it to trace the origin of WhatsApp messages. This move came in the wake of an increasing number of attacks the caused real-world physical harm and loss of life that were caused by WhatsApp messages.

The report pointed out that WhatsApp stated to the government that it has no access to any user data as it is encrypted end-to-end. The company also added that making any modifications will impact the fundamentals on how WhatsApp operates across the globe and that is by providing its users with “complete privacy”. The report pointed out that “only a small fraction of user data” is stored temporarily by the company but WhatsApp still does not hold any of that data on its servers. As stated in the report, the experts pointed out that the temporarily stored data is located on the smartphone that the user instead of an online server.

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Indian authority was one of the handful that was demanding that WhatsApp should add the ability to decrypt its messages. Security experts claim that adding such a feature to all the encrypted protocols or databases will bring a “fundamental change” change to how messaging apps function in general.

The report pointed out that this would also change the way messaging services from Google, and Apple would function. Demands that WhatsApp agreed to include appointing a compliance officer in India with a corporate entity. WhatsApp stated that it is ready to work with regulators and authorities to block sources that are known to create and then distribute objectionable content.

This comes right after IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad met with WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels asking the company to comply with the Indian laws while taking “suitable” steps to prevent misuse of the platform in India.

  • Published Date: August 23, 2018 12:07 PM IST