Supreme Court dismisses petition seeking ban on WhatsApp
The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a public interest litigation petition seeking a complete ban on messaging platform WhatsApp according to thehindu. while the petitioner was asked to approach the government. A petition had been filed in the country’s apex court seeking ban on the messenger service WhatsApp.
According to the petition, WhatsApp had introduced end-to-end encryption with their updated version from April 2016. WhatsApp itself did not have the decryption keys to crack the code and would be unable to help the government in national interest, Mr. Yadav pleaded.
The Bench advised Mr. Yadav to approach the competent authority in the government, like the Department of Telecom, Information Technology ministry or TDSAT.
Also according to The Times Of India, Other than WhatsApp, the petition also names other messaging platforms like Hike, Viber and Secure chat.
“Even if WhatsApp was asked to break through an individual’s message to hand over the data to the government, it too would fail as it does not have the decryption keys either,” the petitioner said.
In his petition, Yadav further adds that terrorists and criminals can easily communicate on WhatsApp and make plans which are impossible to access even by supercomputers as decrypting a single 256-bit encrypted message would take hundreds of years.