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Know what the Government of India sought from the WhatsApp?

Saturday - June 22, 2019 4:34 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL
WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption to Users
WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption to Users

Government seeks digital fingerprint feature from WhatsApp!

JUNE 22 (WTN) - As you know, a lot of public use WhatsApp in India. But sending and sharing fake news and false information on WhatsApp is common practice for the Indian people. But this common thing of the public, or say carelessness, is a big headache for the Indian Government. As you know, it is very easy to spread fake news through WhatsApp. Due to these fake news, many incidents of lynching have been reported in India.

But on WhatsApp, who has sent or shared news, it is difficult to know after deleting the news. Also, it is impossible to know from any software that which news has been sent from which mobile number. That is why, because WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption facility to its users, so it is difficult to know which news is sent or shared by whom. Among all this, the Government of India has asked to bring a new feature from WhatsApp. Under this feature, the source of messages can be tracked without the removal of WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption.

Actually, the Central Government has asked to introduce digital fingerprint feature without removing end-to-end encryption from WhatsApp. The Government wants to have this digital fingerprint feature in every WhatsApp message. With the help of this feature, it will be possible to find out that who has sent a message in WhatsApp, first of all. The Government argues that with the help of this new feature, information on the original message sender will be available on WhatsApp if needed. At the same time, how many people have read the related messages and how often it has been forwarded, the full information like this will be available to the Government.

On the question of citizens' privacy, the Government says that with the digital fingerprint feature of WhatsApp, they will not be able to read anyone's WhatsApp chat. Not only that, neither the police nor other legal agencies will have access to the content. For your information, let you know that at the moment, the police investigate with the help of metadata information like phone number, profile picture, names of group members, contacts, location, IP addresses, etc. The Government argues that it is not easy to track offenders with the information from the metadata of WhatsApp.

It is an opinion of the experts that it is difficult to add digital fingerprint with every message of WhatsApp. At the same time, WhatsApp says that the ability to track WhatsApp's messages will reduce the importance of end-to-end encryption, and if this happens then it will increase the risk of Government surveillance. For your information, let you know that India is not the first country that has demanded access to WhatsApp messages. Australia has recently introduced a law in which the police can access without encryption. At the same time, according to the new laws of the Asian country Singapore, police can monitor private chat groups.

By the way, the logic of the Government is right that police and legal agencies should be given some other sources for tracking offenders on WhatsApp. But it is not possible to do this because of WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp says is that users' privacy is their first duty, and they will not compromise with it. Now it’s important to see that what will be the position of WhatsApp on the demand of the digital fingerprint of the government of India?