WhatsApp, Viber pose major threat to national security; ban plea filed in SC

| Friday, June 24, 2016 - 16:37
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SC to hear ban plea on WhatsApp & others

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India will hear a petition seeking a ban on social networking sites like WhatsApp and Viber next Wednesday. 
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by a Haryana-based Right to Information (RTI) activist Sudhir Yadav citing that the end-to-end encryption gives terrorists a means of communication which in turn becomes a major threat to national security.
As per Yadav, these apps are helping terrorists in encrypting messages. 
Yadav said in his petition, “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." 
Yadav even added that terrorists and criminals can easily chat on WhatsApp and make plans which are impossible to access even by supercomputers as decrypting a single 256-bit encrypted message would take hundreds of years. 
Apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, Hike and Signal are a serious threat to national security, Yadav alleged.
The apex court will hear the PIL on June 29. 

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