WhatsApp has sued the Indian government and challenged new regulations that could enable the authorities to make people’s private messages “traceable” and to carry out mass surveillance.
Facebook’s own instant messaging service, which identifies India as the largest user market, filed the lawsuit in the High Court of Delhi on Wednesday. New Delhi’s traceability requirement, according to which WhatsApp must assist New Delhi in identifying the originator of a particular message, violates citizens’ constitutional right to privacy.
“Civil society and technical experts around the world have argued time and again that the requirement to track private messages would break end-to-end encryption and lead to real abuse. WhatsApp is committed to protecting the privacy of people’s personal messages and we will continue to do everything we can under Indian law to do so, “WhatsApp said in a statement.
India suggested WhatsApp first …