Making messages traceable is against privacy, free speech; journalists and activists could be at risk: WhatsApp to Delhi High Court

Clients and attorneys could become reluctant to share confidential information for fear that the privacy and security of their communications is no longer ensured, WhatsApp has said.
WhatsApp and Delhi HC
WhatsApp and Delhi HC

WhatsApp LLC has told the Delhi High Court that making messages on its end-to-end encrypted platform traceable in terms of Rule 4(2) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 would unreasonably infringe upon individuals' fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression as well as their right to privacy (WhatsApp LLC v. Union of India).

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