Government Enraged Over the Use of WhatsApp for Anti National and Illegal Activities

The Indian government is sceptical about the way that people are using the end-to-end encrypted messaging services in the country. In a meeting held in Delhi, the threat of “anti-national” people was discussed who used these services to conduct their illegal activities. The officials of the Home Ministry showed disappointment over the way in which the encrypted messaging service was being used in India. The recent arrest of JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) terrorists was also addressed in the meeting. The group which was responsible for Nagrota Army camp attack in Jammu and Kashmir admitted that all their activities and planning were carried out over WhatsApp by their handler. This was another reason for the officials to be enraged.

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Other authorities including Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, security agencies and the Police also voiced concerns regarding the same and agreed on the statement that WhatsApp is the “preferred medium of communication for anti-national forces.” In this meeting, the authorities showed common leniency towards monitoring these social media apps including WhatsApp. This news was reported by Times of India.

However, despite the attempts by Indian security agencies, the end-to-end encryption which hides the messages between two people from middle extractors is proving to be a hard task to nail. Indian government is also contemplating a move on the lines of Middle Eastern countries who have already banned WhatsApp voice and video calling.

In a contrasting picture to this, the tech giants in the current global scenario stay as promotors of user data safety. Keeping user data away from authorities, remains one of the prime points of their privacy policy.

Specially in the time of growing unrest, where Facebook being WhatsApp’s parent company is being questioned about its promises of users’ data security, this becomes an issue of grave importance. Seeing this scenario, it is likely that the PIL will be dismissed in the Supreme Court in a similar way like it was done in the year 2016.

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Sandeep Bansal, Manipal
June 13, 2018 12:08 pm 12:08 PM

Prevention is always better than cure!!!
Its better to prevent youth from going towards the violent road by bringing down the communal rhetoric and curbing those who spread hate, rather than banning things…
It is a half hearted cure and can be bypassed by several methods…
This is just a plan propoganda, nothing else…

Maratha | Pune
June 14, 2018 5:25 am 5:25 AM

Totally agree with you Sandeep, prevention is always better than cure. Had there been jobs in the hands kf youth, they wouldn’t be inclined to hold stones or worse, guns.

But anyone can hide behind nationalism and not talk about policy failure.

Sandeep Bansal, Manipal
June 14, 2018 7:36 pm 7:36 PM

True, none of the parties support middle class who have no relation with any polotical ideology and just want to live and let-live in peace…

Sunny | Lucknow
June 13, 2018 1:41 pm 1:41 PM
Good luck with that XD When we were in school, we had to obey certain rules & regulations even though we didn’t like that strictness & constant observation. Fear factor was big. But despite all that, the disciplined atmosphere kept things working smoothly. Why should this apply to adults, who surely need much more disciplining. Self regulation is a pipe dream. It has to be a part of our culture and kids will have to be taught that even when they are not at the school. Till then some danda is required for our rowdy population. Also people please try… Read more »
Sandeep Bansal, Manipal
June 13, 2018 3:26 pm 3:26 PM

I said communal, and it’s not even a political ideology…
I will say that again, force only makes your adversary stronger and being in medical field , I can pretty much confirm this as rule of nature…
Violence can never stop violence…
Good luck with your forces…

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
June 13, 2018 2:12 pm 2:12 PM

+1.
Though its extreme, Indian kids need to be taught like Japan teaches its kids. And you’re right. The only thing which makes noise in this country is sickularism and sickulars.

dragonmonk
June 14, 2018 9:29 am 9:29 AM

@GG Everyone here knows that you a saffron party shill. So, stop your fake enrage and ask your handlers to stop creating fake whatsapp messages. 90% of spam on WhatsApp will die and people will live in peace respecting each others’ religions. I guess the beating that the saffrons received during last assembly polls in Karnataka was not enough.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
June 14, 2018 11:06 am 11:06 AM

@Chinamonk: Ooooh sickular spotted. Funny that you call me that but I have never voted for them. Seems like Chinese propaganda won’t die even if Whatsapp controls terrorist activities from Pakistan and anti-national activities from China. And please, I have never used Whatsapp much except for parents and family messages, Why is your back burning ya?

dragonmonk
June 14, 2018 2:05 pm 2:05 PM

@GG You didn’t because you are too young to vote? You fit the profile of saffron voters perfectly.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
June 14, 2018 8:57 pm 8:57 PM

Oooh. And yet I always voted for the party your country, China, loves due to the inclination of breaking India from the inside. I’m quite disappointed by your IQ level.

Abi
June 13, 2018 10:31 am 10:31 AM

In this digital age, the public has numerous choice. control will not work, but it may backfire, Let the govt inspire its public to be patriotic and not user forced patriotism.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
June 13, 2018 2:13 pm 2:13 PM

Where does patriotism of people come in between national security? All your data is with foreign govts and ad companies already.

dragonmonk
June 13, 2018 12:30 pm 12:30 PM

@Abi Yep!

Human
June 13, 2018 8:43 am 8:43 AM

It’s sad to see how easily people are ready to give up on their privacy in this country

Sudhakar
June 13, 2018 10:04 am 10:04 AM

As if you do not have aadhaar card. + 00 |

dragonmonk
June 13, 2018 12:26 pm 12:26 PM

@sudhakar I will repeat what Human has said: “It’s sad to see how easily people are ready to give up on their privacy in this country”. And guess what? I don’t have an aadhaar card. And I don’t plan to get one.

Sudhakar
June 13, 2018 10:02 pm 10:02 PM

Dragonmonk :
Stop saying lies here. Aadhawr is necessary for everything. Even for your land registration at taluk office. Stop acting here as if you do not have aadhaar.

dragonmonk
June 14, 2018 9:15 am 9:15 AM

@sudhakar You can choose to not believe me. That doesn’t change the truth. And aadhar is not mandatory for anything. Supreme Court said so. I guess I’ll believe Supreme Court’s judegement over an anonymous person over the internet.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
June 13, 2018 10:52 pm 10:52 PM

Sudha: Chinamonk is saying the truth for the first time. He doesn’t have Aadhar. He thinks its too much of a hassle to get an Aadhar being a Chinese citizen.

Preacher
June 13, 2018 2:44 pm 2:44 PM

Citizens should now be given an option to opt out of Aadhaar if they want to for those already registered in haste for Aadhaar.

All their data should be deteled and termed void on opting out of Aadhaar.

Freedom should prevail to choose to get out of Aadhaar.

dragonmonk
June 14, 2018 9:16 am 9:16 AM

@Preacher I agree.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
June 13, 2018 2:09 pm 2:09 PM

But you can’t get an Aadhaar card sitting in China being a Chinese citizen, Chinamonk. So your point is void.

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