Jio backs govt over tracing origin of messages, others cite privacy issues

Messaging platforms like WhatsApp, which rely on end-to-end encryption, have said tracing the origin of a message would mean breaking encryption and undermining user privacy

Neha Alawadhi New Delhi

Alluding to WhatsApp, Jio said such platforms are often “used by miscreants as channels for spreading fake news/rumours

Backing the government effort to contain spread of fake news, Reliance Jio has said it supports tracing the origin of messages, even if it means breaking encryption. Responding to a consultation paper on the subject, the Mukesh Ambani-controlled telco has told the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) that the government must take all steps to prevent misuse of technologies and platforms to spread fake news. 
“Any proposal mandating the platform service providers to provide required information/assistance to law enforcement agencies is often protested on grounds of violation of speech and expression as provided in the Constitution… Such protests are without any basis and the government must ignore the same and address the emergent need to prevent reckless use of such technologies and platforms," Jio said in its submission.
MeitY had in December proposed changes to Section 79 of the Information Tech

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First Published: Feb 07 2019 | 10:18 PM IST

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