WhatsApp Sues Indian Government Over New Internet Regulations

The Hacker News

WhatsApp on Wednesday fired a legal salvo against the Indian government to block new regulations that would require messaging apps to trace the “first originator” of messages shared on the platform, thus effectively breaking encryption protections.

Requiring messaging apps to ‘trace’ chats is the equivalent of asking us to keep a fingerprint of every single message sent on WhatsApp, which would break end-to-end encryption and fundamentally undermines people’s right to privacy, a WhatsApp spokesperson told The Hacker News via email. We have consistently joined civil society and experts around the world in opposing requirements that would violate the privacy of our users.

With over 530 million active users, India is WhatsApp’s biggest market by users.

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