12/24/2018 3:49:33 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Messages sent on WhatsApp and other chat apps may no longer be private under new rules being drafted by the Indian government. It is seeking access to messages, images and videos sent through these apps to track down who sent them. The apps will also be required to remove all content deemed unlawful by the government, reports the Indian Express.
The government is keen to act before the general election next year to prevent mob violence being instigated by content on the social media as happened in the past, the report said.
The proposed new rules will make it mandatory for online platforms to deploy technology to ferret out “unlawful” content. They also require end-to-end encryption to be broken so that the origin of messages can be traced.
The draft rules were discussed with representatives of Google. Facebook, WhatsApp, Amazon, Yahoo, Twitter, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and the Internet Service Providers Association on Friday (December 21), the report added.
The report follows an Indian home ministry order giving government investigating agencies more power to snoop on computers.