WhatsApp to be banned in India?

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WhatsApp-Logo-hd-wallpaperSudhir Yadav, a Haryana-based RTI activist, filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a ban on messaging apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram & Signal, on security grounds.

The petition said WhatsApp has enhanced privacy of its users by enabling end-to-end encryption in every message, which gives terrorists a means of communication that is impossible to intercept.

 “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,“ said Yadav in his petition.

“Decrypting a single 256-bit encrypted message would take hundreds of years”, he added.

The activist said in his petition that in order to decrypt any message on WhatsApp, one would need a key combination of many number keys, which is almost impossible for even a super computer.

Yadav filed this petition after he did not receive any reply from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Ministry of Communications & IT regarding the same issue.

The case will now be heard by a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India on June 29.