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WhatsApp Sues India's Government to Stop New Internet Rules


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The WhatsApp logo over a motherboard.

The messaging service said the new rules, which would require WhatsApp to make peoples messages traceable, would violate peoples privacy.

Credit: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Facebook's WhatsApp mobile-messaging service has sued India's government to block new Internet regulations that would force the company to enable outside parties to trace people's messages for the first time.

The new rules mandate that technology companies must remove social media posts that are deemed illegal, while messaging firms would be obligated to compile traceable databases of all messages sent using the service, and to tag private messages between users with identifiable "fingerprints."

WhatsApp contends these rules, which went into effect May 26, are unconstitutional, and adding traceability "would severely undermine the privacy of billions of people who communicate digitally."

WhatsApp has long said it lacks insight into user data, and that messages sent between users are not stored due to its end-to-end encryption scheme.

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