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Indian govt exceeded powers with encryption-breaking rule: WhatsApp filing

A rule drafted by the IT ministry will lead to a 'dangerous invasion of privacy' and was 'unconstitutional', says company in lawsuit.

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WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit in a Delhi court against the government to quash a provision of a new regulation that mandates companies to divulge the "first originator of information", arguing in favour of protecting privacy.

Aditya Kalra & Sankalp Phartiyal | Reuters
India’s government exceeded its legal powers by enacting rules that companies such as WhatsApp say will force them to break end-to-end message encryption, the messaging app owned by Facebook argued in a court filing seen by Reuters.

WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit in a Delhi court against the government to quash a provision of a new regulation that mandates companies to divulge the "first originator of information", arguing in favour of protecting privacy. 

In a statement on Wednesday, WhatsApp said it would engage with the Indian government to find "practical solutions" and protect users, but its court filing shows it

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First Published: May 27 2021 | 11:31 AM IST

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