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

By June 12th, 2018 AT 7:09 PM

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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Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.

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dragonmonk
dragonmonk

@kaushik So true!!

Sandeep Bansal, Manipal
Sandeep Bansal, Manipal

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…

Sunny | Lucknow
Sunny | Lucknow

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 »

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
Girish Gowda | BengaLuru

+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
dragonmonk

@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.

dragonmonk
dragonmonk

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

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
Girish Gowda | BengaLuru

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.

Sandeep Bansal, Manipal
Sandeep Bansal, Manipal

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…

Maratha | Pune
Maratha | Pune

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
Sandeep Bansal, Manipal

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…

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