India wants WhatsApp provided facility to track messages into that shared its platform. The government believes that this will go a long way in preventing and investigating various crimes including terrorism, sexual exploitation of children. Recently, due to Pegasus spyware, WhatsApp has been very bad about the privacy and security of users. This has raised questions over the end-to-end encryption offered by WhatsApp. The Government believes that investigation of such cases is necessary so that its root can be traced.
Whatsapp did not give satisfactory answer
Responding to the government's questions, Facebook-owned company WhatsApp reiterated its responses in May. In this, no information was given about those 120 Indian users who are said to be affected by Pegasus. An official said that the government's concern is that selective revelations about a person are being made in these attacks. From this, it is believed that only anti-government users are being targeted in the attack. As a result, the government was accused of spying on users. This is why the demand to track WhatsApp messages is also getting strengthened.
Whatsapp not serious about tracking
The matter of security and privacy of social media and messaging platforms is currently in the Supreme Court and the government has been asked to provide guidelines as per the existing law to prevent the misuse of these platforms. In this, the suggestion of tracking WhatsApp messages is also important. WhatsApp is not particularly serious about tracking users as it is not possible to track users due to its end-to-end encryption. Despite this, officials say that the possibility of WhatsApp being misused is quite strong and tracking of messages is necessary to track criminal activities.
Looks like spyware is being fixed
When Pegasus first surfaced, WhatsApp told the government in May 2019 that it was caused by a bug that has now been fixed and the app no longer needs to be upgraded. At the same time, in September, WhatsApp said that 121 Indians have been tried to attack with spyware, out of which 20 have been accessed. The government believes that WhatsApp should also find a technical treatment similar to mobile networks to facilitate the legal process and investigation. This request of the Indian government is considered to be much more intrusive than the demands of the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.