Published: 26th May 2021
WhatsApp sues India over new IT rules, says it infringes on user privacy
Taking the privacy war to the court, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has sued the Indian government, saying that user privacy is in its DNA and the company will not share the information related to the 'first originator of information' with any government including India.
Reliable sources said on Wednesday that the messaging giant has filed the case against the Indian government in Delhi High Court, as the deadline to comply with the new IT (intermediary) rules 2021 meant for big social media platforms in India ended on Tuesday. WhatsApp said that new rules infringe on users' privacy. The company was yet to make its lawsuit official but according to it, from day one, "we built WhatsApp to help you stay in touch with friends, share vital information during natural disasters, reconnect with separated families, or seek a better life". "Some of your most personal moments are shared with WhatsApp, which is why we built end-to-end encryption into our app. When end-to-end encrypted, your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands," according to WhatsApp.