Supreme Court rejects ban on Whatsapp



The petition seeking a ban on Whatsapp, filed by Haryana based RTI Activist Sudhir Yadav, has been rejected by the Supreme Court on June 29. The CJI bench dismissed the petition and asked  him to  approach the appropriate authority for it. The bench was led by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur.

The activist in his petition said that messaging apps like Whatsapp,  Hike and Viber were a threat to national security.  He believed that with end-to-end encrypted messages, it is easy for criminals to safely plan their activities.

Yadav also made clear to the court that his prime concern was that the government must ask Whatsapp and 20 other similar applications to share their private key to decrypt the messages at the time of need.

However, for now SC has rejected the petition to put a ban on Whatsapp.  The court also suggested Yadav to report the matter to Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT). This would make the his request more appropriate and appealing.

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