The Supreme Court issued a notice to WhatsApp and ministries - IT as well as Finance seeking a detailed answer to why the company in India has not appointed a grievance office. According to the report from ANI, the apex-court has demanded a reply to the question within four weeks. This notice from the court is a backdrop of the deliberations recorded between WhatsApp and Government of India. WhatsApp Update: You Can Lose Your Old WhatsApp Data From Google Drive; Here’s How You Can Prevent It.
Supreme Court today issued a notice to #WhatsApp, IT and Finance ministry and sought a detailed reply from them within four weeks as to why a grievance officer in India has not been appointed yet by Whatsapp pic.twitter.com/iqxaiIi5AP
— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2018
We previously reported that Law minister - Ravi Shankar Prasad had asked WhatsApp to immediately appoint a grievance officer in the country for addressing the concerns over fake messages that has triggered a series of mob lynchings. WhatsApp Says No to Indian Government for Traceability Software: Here’s Everything to Know.
Moreover, the Indian government has also asked the Facebook-owned instant messaging application to comply with the regulations for tracing the origin of the fake messages. WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels on India Visit This Week, May Meet IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
According to the report from TOI, WhatsApp has reportedly agreed to all the demands of the Indian government. However, CEO Chris Daniels did not expect of adding a feature which could trace the origin of a message, saying it would tamper the privacy of the WhatsApp user. Moreover, the instant messaging service also told the government that WhatsApp holds no access to user data as it is end-to-end encrypted.