Messaging service WhatsApp is suing the Indian government to halt new rules that would require the platform to make all messages traceable and viewable to government officials.
One of WhatsApp’s main appeals is its end-to-end encryption privacy, making it theoretically impossible for even the service’s managers to view what users send. Requiring WhatsApp to track user data would require an overhaul of the platform, while also undermining its main appeal.
Over a billion people use the Facebook-owned app across the world, and many of its users are Indian citizens. The government, however, argues that the rules would help enforce laws and maintain national security.
Brazil’s government has gone so far as to shut WhatsApp down three times when developers wouldn’t comply with criminal investigations. The US government has also pushed the organization for backdoors to user data. Unsurprisingly, India is just one of many asking for access.
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The New York Times has the full story.