Using Whatsapp in India is illegal after update.

After latest update been pushed by Whatsapp which encrypts all chats and calls for users across globe is termed as illegal in India. As per India's telecommunication department private companies can only use encryption up to 40-bits,higher than 40 bits usage requires permission from government.

So if you using Whatsapp and have pushed latest update which is using 256-bit key then you are using it illegally.

With the latest encryption no one can verify what's inside the message, neither cyber criminals nor hackers.The end to end encryption makes communication with What's App private as if you are talking in person.
Since India is considered as the biggest and quickest market to grow in terms of Smart phone devices and apps there are around 50% plus internet users who are using the app everyday.

WhatsApp Encryption Update
WhatsApp Encryption Update

Since a common user might not be aware about the circumstance of the encryption as it does not affect him so much. But in terms of investigation and law enforcement agencies might face problem in tracking criminals and terrorist.

Government has not made any announcement yet but there is possibility they may approach the WhatsApp team for further investigation like they approached Blackberry when they run into trouble over similar kind of encryption.

There were many such instances where Indian government suggested to avoid certain digital platforms for their perceived security risk like Gmail and Yahoo were to be avoided for official interactions and IAF asked staff to avoid using Chinese smart phones. Also Blackberry was forced to set up local data servers in Mumbai.

With so many legal issues and yet to draft an appropriate encryption policies,WhatsApp could use it as a loophole stating it applies only to Internet providers and not them.

Lets wait and watch how things turn up..

Willing to add more ,comments are welcome.....


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