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SC turns down plea to ban WhatsApp messenger

News Agencies | Updated on: 29 June 2016, 13:34 IST

On 29 June, the Supreme Court dismissed an RTI activist's petition seeking to ban WhatsApp messenger citing security reasons.

The petition, filed by a Haryana-based right-to-information (RTI) activist, also covers messaging platforms like Hike, Viber and Secure chat, among others.

"Even if WhatsApp was asked to break through an individual's message to hand over the data to the government, it too would fail as it does not have the decryption keys either," the petitioner said.

Yadav said that terrorists and criminals can easily chat on WhatsApp and make plans which are impossible to access even by supercomputers as decrypting a single 256-bit encrypted message would take hundreds of years.

The apex court has asked the petitioner to approach Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).

In an earlier update, WhatsApp has made a 256-bit encryption that is impossible to break, featuring the militants a safe an easy platform to communicate.


First published: 29 June 2016, 13:34 IST