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Supreme court refuses to ban Whatsapp

On Wednesday noon Supreme court has refused to ban WhatsApp and asked the petitioner to approach the government for his issue.

The petition was filed by RTI activist Sudhir Yadav, the petition filed asks the Supreme Court to ban WhatsApp. The petition also states that Whatsapp’s end-to-end encryption poses a security threat to the country. According to Yadav WhatsApp messenger violate Provision of The Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and Information Technology Act,2000.

On April 5th, 2016 WhatsApp introduced its end-to-end encryption with an updated version of the application. In cryptography, encryption is the process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only authorised parties can read it.

“From April, every message in WhatsApp uses 256-bit encryption. WhatsApp servers do not have access to the private keys of the users…which means it would be impossible to decrypt messages, chats, calls, videos, images and documents,” Yadav said. The Gurugram-based petitioner claimed this could posed a serious threat to the security of the country.

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