WhatsApp and Hike users can breathe a sigh of relief. The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition seeking a ban on instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp and Hike, which have end-to-end encryption.
A Haryana-based RTI activist, who was addicted to WhatsApp, had moved the Supreme Court asking the Court to look into the encryption policy of the app.
A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur has asked the petitioner to to approach the government or any telecom tribunal.
Claiming that messaging platforms were a threat to security, the petitioner had stated that it was impossible for the government or WhatsApp itself to break the encryption on messages thereby giving terrorists a big advantage.
He had earlier told Scroll, â€śI know WhatsApp is a great app and I spend hours on it but this is about you and me.â€ť He added, â€śIf we know that information on drugs and rave parties is going through WhatsApp and the government canâ€™t decrypt these messages, then itâ€™s harmful to the country.â€ť