The lawsuit sparks a growing conflict between the Indian government and their major global markets, including Facebook, Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL.O) and Twitter (TWTR.N).
According to sources, WhatsApp has filed a legal complaint against the Indian government in Delhi, which is seeking to stop the rules that will come into force on Wednesday. Experts say that California-based Facebook (FBO) will force the unit to break the privacy security.
The case, according to Reuters, asks the Delhi High Court to declare that one of the new rules is a violation of privacy rights in the Constitution of India because it requires social media companies to be the “first originator of information” ) Is required to be identified and the authorities demand it.
While WhatsApp is required by law to expose only those who have been accused of wrongdoing, the company says it cannot do so alone. Since the messages are encrypted end-to-end, to comply with the law, WhatsApp states that it will have break encryption for the receiver as well as the “originator” of the message.
However, Reuters could not openly confirm that a court complaint was filed by WhatsApp, which has around 400 million users in India. A WhatsApp spokesperson declined to comment.
What will be the effect of this case?
This lawsuit apparently sparks a growing conflict between the Indian government and their major global markets, including Facebook, Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL.O) and Twitter (TWTR.N). Earlier this week, tensions escalated after a visit by police to Twitter offices.
WhatsApp, its parent company Facebook and tech rivals have invested heavily in India, but company officials are personally concerned that rapid changes by the Indian government may pose a threat to them. At the same time, Facebook has said that it agrees with most of the provisions but still wants to discuss some aspects. Twitter, which has been the most criticized by government critics for its failure to delete the post, declined to comment.
Referred to the decision of Supreme Court in the case
Sources said, the WhatsApp complaint referred to the 2017 Indian Supreme Court ruling, which supports privacy in a case known as Puttaswamy. Experts have supported the arguments of WhatsApp.
Explain that the new digital rules were announced by the Government of India on 25 February. Under this new rule, large social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp will need to take additional measures.
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