"We aim to comply with the provisions of the IT rules and continue to discuss a few of the issues which need more engagement with the government", a Facebook spokesperson said. The regulation also requires social media companies to set up a three-tier grievance redressal framework.
Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp is suing the Indian government in Delhi high court, challenging the new information technology (IT) rules that would hamper users' privacy.
"Enabling the identification of the first originator of information in India on end-to-end encrypted platforms like WhatsApp is a much more serious invasion of privacy than requiring businesses to film public behaviour in public areas, as WhatsApp was created to facilitate the exchange of private communications", the petition says. This means that the sender and receiver of a message remain anonymous and no third party can intervene to read the message mid-way or on any other platform apart from the WhatsApp account of the sender and receiver.
As per the messaging platform, India's new IT rules kills the concept of end-to-end encryption, which ensures messages on the platform are secure and encrypted. The petition was filed on May 25.
In an official new webpage published today, WhatsApp argues that "traceability inverts the way law enforcement typically investigates crimes". The company also says it will continue to engage with the government on practical solutions aimed at keeping people safe, "including responding to valid legal requests for the information available to us".
It adds the threat that anything someone writes can be traced back to them takes away "people's privacy and would have a chilling effect" on what people say even in private settings, violating universally recognised principles of free expression and human rights.
In addition, they would have to track the originator of a particular message if asked by a court or the government. "In doing so, a government that chooses to mandate traceability is effectively mandating a new form of mass surveillance", the post further explained.