The news agency Reuters reported, citing sources, that the social media giant Facebook’s subsidiary and the world’s No. 1 instant messaging platform WhatsApp filed a legal action against the Indian government in the Delhi High Court to block the rules that came into force on Wednesday. Complaint has been filed. The report says that WhatsApp has called one of these new rules a violation of privacy rights in the Constitution of India.
Although by law, WhatsApp is required to provide information only to those who have been accused of wrongdoing, the company says that it cannot do so. The platform says that because the company says the messages are end-to-end encrypted, WhatsApp would have to break the encryption of the receivers as well as the senders of the message in order to comply with the law, and somewhere the company would use it for privacy. against it. The company says that breaking encryption to trace chats amounts to breaching people’s right to privacy.
However, it should also be noted that Reuters has been unable to confirm whether WhatsApp has filed this complaint and it is not known when the court will hear this complaint. Sources with knowledge of the matter declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter.
It cannot be denied that the dispute between the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other global tech companies including Facebook, Google parent company Alphabet and Twitter is increasing over the new rules. Recently, the heat has also increased due to the police putting red on Twitter’s office.
The government has put pressure on tech companies to remove not only the post described as misinformation on the COVID-19 pandemic, but also criticism of the government’s functioning in this difficult time.