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Indian govt proposes a way to track WhatsApp messages without breaking encryption

26 March 2021 0

The Indian government has proposed a new way to track each and every WhatsApp message in the country without breaking the encryption tech. It has asked the popular instant messaging app maker to tag each message with an alphanumeric hash that will work as a unique identifier. This will be done for each message that gets sent through the application.

Whenever there will be activity against the law, the authorities will be able to trace the message's origin using the hash associated with it. This is a theoretical overview of the proposed idea but WhatsApp is yet to comment. It is up to the company whether it would like to give it a go or avoid using it altogether.

One of the government officials has been quoted as saying, "The government is willing to work with WhatsApp to come up with a solution to enable traceability of message originators without breaking encryption".

For the uninitiated, the government of India proposed new IT rules last month with the aim of improving the law and order situation of the country. One of these new laws makes it mandatory to track an online message's origin so that the culprit can be nabbed easily. WhatsApp has been quite vocal about not complying with the law as it would result in violation of its user privacy policy but will also be harder to implement without breaking the end-to-end encryption tech.

The government has maintained its stance on the situation and is committed to tracking the origin of messages sent on the app. Even though there are various communication apps available in India, WhatsApp is the biggest one with more than 400 million users. We will have to wait and see whether WhatsApp will agree and if it does, then exactly how the hash method will be implemented.


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