WhatsApp-Centre row: Pai criticises ‘double standards’ of major social media platforms

WhatsApp Center series: Pai criticizes the double standards of the most important social media platforms

The Indian government and the country’s laws must define and protect the privacy of citizens, information technology veteran TV Mohandas Pai said on Wednesday, accusing major social media platforms such as WhatsApp of “double standards.”

Let the court decide, not WhatsApp, ”he said, commenting that WhatsApp had filed a lawsuit with the Delhi Supreme Court against the government’s new digital rules. The company’s obligation to provide access to encrypted messages would violate privacy protection.

The petition, submitted on Tuesday evening, aims to explain the rule that the intelligence service provider must identify the first sender of a message marked as a “violation” of the constitutional data protection rights.

“This will go to the Supreme Court,” predicted the former CFO of Bengaluru-based IT major Infosys Ltd, a well-known BJP supporter.

‘You (WhatsApp) have clear double standards. Our government and our law should define and protect our privacy, not these platforms, ”Pai told PTI. WhatsApp said the traceability provision is unconstitutional and violates the fundamental right to privacy.

The WhatsApp spokesperson confirmed the filing of the petition in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, saying that requiring messaging apps to track chats equals asking for a fingerprint of every single message sent on WhatsApp, which ended – End encryption and fundamentally undermine people’s right to privacy. ‘PTI RS SA RAW RAW

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