WhatsApp won’t limit functions if you don’t accept new policy

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS): In a U-turn, WhatsApp has said that it will not limit functionalities for users who do not accept the new privacy policy that went into effect on May 15. The Facebook-owned platform that has filed a lawsuit against the Indian government in Delhi High Court over chat ‘traceability’, went ahead with… Continue reading WhatsApp won’t limit functions if you don’t accept new policy

Govt gives OTT, digital media players 15 days to furnish details on compliance with new rules

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) The Centre has written to the OTT and digital media platforms to furnish all their details and compliance status as per the new IT rules within 15 days. In its notice to the platforms, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said that a total of around 60 publishers and their… Continue reading Govt gives OTT, digital media players 15 days to furnish details on compliance with new rules

WhatsApp lawsuit: Experts say new rules needed for fine balance between rights, laws

By Sumit Saxena (IANS) With WhatsApp filing a lawsuit in the Delhi High Court stating that requiring messaging apps to “trace” chats undermines people’s right to privacy, even as the deadline to comply with the new IT (intermediary) rules, 2021, for big social media platforms in India ended on Tuesday, legal experts say the new… Continue reading WhatsApp lawsuit: Experts say new rules needed for fine balance between rights, laws

Committed to right to privacy, but need to maintain law & order: IT Minister counters WhatsApp

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) As WhatsApp moves the Delhi High Court against the new rules for intermediaries saying they would violate privacy, Electronics & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said the government is committed to the right to privacy, but simultaneously it also has to maintain law and order and ensure national security.… Continue reading Committed to right to privacy, but need to maintain law & order: IT Minister counters WhatsApp

Identifying first originator of info undermines privacy, free speech: Whatsapp in HC

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Facebook-owned instant messenger WhatsApp, in a petition in Delhi High Court, said that enabling identification of the first originator of information on its platform in India puts end-to-end encryption and its benefits at risk, as it urged the court to pass direction to declare this requirement ultra vires the IT… Continue reading Identifying first originator of info undermines privacy, free speech: Whatsapp in HC

WhatsApp sues Indian govt over chat ‘traceability’

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Taking the user privacy war to the court over new IT rules, Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Indian government in the Delhi High Court, saying that user privacy is in its DNA and requiring messaging apps to “trace” chats undermines people’s right to privacy. The Ministry… Continue reading WhatsApp sues Indian govt over chat ‘traceability’

WhatsApp replies to India’s notice, says privacy ‘highest priority’

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) WhatsApp on Monday said it has sent a reply to the notice by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) after the ministry directed the Facebook-owned platform to withdraw its controversial user privacy policy. In its fresh notice to the company, the MeitY told WhatsApp to respond to its concerns… Continue reading WhatsApp replies to India’s notice, says privacy ‘highest priority’

Amid WhatsApp row in India, Telegram vouches for user privacy

By Nishant Arora (IANS): As WhatsApp struggles to meet the requirements set by the Indian government over its controversial user privacy policy, its archrival Telegram on Thursday reiterated that unlike many other messaging apps, it is not dependent on a third-party platform to store its user data that leads to an additional layer of security, thus… Continue reading Amid WhatsApp row in India, Telegram vouches for user privacy

India tells WhatsApp to roll back privacy policy, firm defends it

New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) With the Indian government once again directing WhatsApp to withdraw its controversial user privacy policy that came into effect from May 15, the Facebook-owned platform with over 400 million users in the country on Wednesday defended its position, saying that it continues to engage with the government to resolve the… Continue reading India tells WhatsApp to roll back privacy policy, firm defends it

Telegram, WhatsApp in tug of war over privacy

New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) As WhatsApp privacy policy is coming into effect from Saturday, instant messaging platforms Telegram and Facebook-owned platform are attacking each other with a battle of words by sharing memes on Twitter. The battle of words started when encrypted messaging app Telegram took a jibe on WhatsApp by tweeting a meme… Continue reading Telegram, WhatsApp in tug of war over privacy