New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the petition seeking a ban on social media apps like WhatsApp Messenger, Viber, and others.

Earlier, 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.

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.

The Supreme Court asked the petitioner to approach the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) with the petition.

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