Yesterday we’ve told you about end-to-end encryption, a feature that has been enabled for all WhatsApp users. However, the new security feature might be against the Indian telecom rules and this is the reason why WhatsApp could be banned sometime in the near future.
We remind you that Apple had problems with the FBI, when the feds asked them to unlock an iPhone of a shooter in order to get access to encrypted data. Apple didn’t want to do that and it was also backed by Google and other big companies. However, FBI has managed to crack the iPhone without the help from Apple, which made us ask ourselves how secure and private our data is.
In India, these types of companies will need to follow the country’s rules and use a specific type of encryption and WhatsApp is not currently using it. The new end-to-end encryption that the WhatsApp application has received means that only the two persons who send messages to each other will be able to read them.
The WhatsApp application is using a 256-bit encryption and in India, online services are allowed to use up to a 40-bit encryption. With other words, if an online service needs higher encryption permission, it will need to ask the government about it.
However, in order to require these permissions and make sure that the Indian Government will accept them, WhatsApp will need to submit the keys, which, as expected, they don’t have.
With other words, whoever has the latest WhatsApp version and it is located in India, it is using this service illegally. According to The Independent, the Indian government hasn’t decided yet about what they will do about this, but we’re pretty sure that they will take action sometime soon.
What are your thoughts about the WhatsApp end-to-end encryption? Do you think that this application will get banned in India?
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