WhatsApp won’t limit user accounts in India for the time being

  • WhatsApp won’t limit user accounts in India for the time being

WhatsApp won’t limit user accounts in India for the time being

As per the new IT rules, social media companies such as WhatsApp must have provisions for "identification of the first originator of the information".

"We will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works in the coming weeks".

"It would break end-to-end encryption and fundamentally undermines people's right to privacy". "We have consistently joined civil society and experts around the world in opposing requirements that would violate the privacy of our users", the spokesperson added.

The aforementioned statement by Facebook, the notices served at the offices of Twitter India and now, this petition filed by Whatsapp coupled with the non-compliance as of 26 May 2021, the Central Government's response remains to be seen. Instead, we will continue to remind users about the update as well as when people choose to use relevant optional features, such as communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook...

WhatsApp has gone to the court as the deadline to comply with the new IT (intermediary) rules meant for big social media platforms in India ended on Tuesday.

The IT rules published earlier this year, in addition to calling for "traceability" risk criminal penalties for non-compliance.

Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp today said it had told the centre that the privacy of users was its highest priority after the country's technology ministry raised questions about the messaging app's new privacy policy.

The notice stated that in case the response is not "satisfactory", WhatsApp could face legal action. The company is now fighting the same before the Supreme Court of Brazil on a similar matter.

This makes the upcoming PDP bill even more important.

On February 25, the Central government introduced 'The Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021.' These were meant to be complied with by May 26.

The new rules mandate that the intermediaries, including social media intermediaries, must establish a grievance redressal mechanism for receiving/resolving complaints from the users or victims. WhatsApp now says that if a user does not want to update to the new norms, the person's app will not lose any functionality, though the user will surely be sent reminders to step up. That's an issue because the only way WhatsApp can effectively abide by this rule is by breaking the end-to-end encryption baked into its service for all of its users.