Tamil Nadu lawyer says Whatsapp's end-to-end encryption is not essential
As per the hearing of Madras High Court on 21 August in the case of linking Aadhar to social media accounts, TN Lawyer has said that end-to-end encryption is not essential in Whatsapp.
“End-to-end encryption has been introduced to WhatsApp as an update. Therefore, it is not essential to the platform. It was a business decision. It is a question of business policy versus law,” E Manoharan, the Additional Government Pleader for the State of Tamil Nadu told to Medianama.
As the reports, the state lawyer believes that linking Aadhar to social media accounts is not possible, but there should a chance for traceability in case of criminal investigations. The lawyer also added that the traceability tools will remain with the platforms only.
The following suggestion was made because the Indian government has asked WhatsApp to create tools to trace the origin of messages. However, the platform has denied the ability to do so due to its end-to-end encryption feature. But the Tamil Nadu government and social media platforms have argued whether the traceability is technologically possible for the end to end encrypted messages.
Earlier a professor from IIT Madras has given a report to Madras High court that Whatsapp can trace the origin of a message by adding the first sender's information alongside content. This information would be visible to everyone.
Whatsapp doesn't store any data of the messages. If it has to implement India's request is has to change its complete architecture. Even if they do it it will have to face a severe backlash from privacy activists across the world. The privacy activists state that by using traceability the governments can snoop on the citizens.
Whatsapp has stressed the importance of the company's support for the encryption and its importance for the platform.