WhatsApp filed a case against India. WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit against the Indian government for blocking the implementation of a new internet law regulating social media.
The new law provides for the government to monitor the messages of WhatsApp users if necessary. The case has been filed in the Delhi High Court, the Times of India reported.
The lawsuit, filed by WhatsApp, alleges that the new law violates the right to privacy enshrined in the Indian Constitution. This will violate the privacy of 400 million users of WhatsApp in India. With that, their security will also be disrupted.
The new law, issued three months ago, says any information first spread through social media, if the authorities want, the social media company must identify him. India’s Law and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad issued a new law on February 25 to curb social media.
The law is expected to take effect in India from Wednesday (May 26). However, in this case, WhatsApp says the law is unconstitutional.
A WhatsApp spokesperson said the privacy of their users’ messages is protected by the encryption between the communicators. No one sees the message except the sender and the recipient.
Not even WhatsApp. Now, in order to comply with the new rules of the Indian government, WhatsApp has to break the privacy of both the recipient and the data giver. Private messages will no longer be ‘private’.
Analysts say the lawsuit has escalated the level of controversy on social media with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Tensions have been running high since the police raid on the Twitter office earlier this week.
The Indian government has set a deadline of May 25 for social media companies to meet certain conditions to curb the ‘misuse’ of social media. But other companies, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, have not met that.
But on Tuesday (May 25), Facebook said it had begun the process of following the Indian government’s rules. But WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, took legal action against the new law. Organizations working on digital rights have welcomed WhatsApp’s move.