Facebook-owned WhatsApp has approached the Delhi High Court challenging the IT rules made for digital media by the central government. The company has said that the new policy, which came into force on May 26, should be put on hold because it will end user's privacy.
WhatsApp argued that the new policy also violates users' privacy rights under the Indian Constitution. Media companies must disclose the identity of the user who first posted or shared a message.
The Center announced on February 25 the New Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rule- 2021, which has come into effect on digital platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp since May 26.
WhatsApp has argued that the new rule will make the policy of end-to-end encryption meaningless. Also, the company will force to store billions of messages, so the new rules should be cancelled. WhatsApp said that the provision of user trafficking is unconstitutional and against the fundamental right to privacy. We are in contact with civil society and experts from all over the world regarding the violation of privacy. And the company engaged in finding solutions through discussion with the Government of India. It is not easy to get where a particular message originated. People usually copy-paste from websites or media platforms. WhatsApp currently has 53 million users in the country.
source- Dainik Jagaran
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