A big relief for millions of WhatsApp users and Whatsapp lovers in the country, The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition that sought a ban on a popular social media app WhatsApp on the ground that the messaging platform’s end-to-end encryption made it impossible to be broken into and thus a threat to national security.
A bench of Chief Justice of India TS Thakur and justice AM Khanwilkar asked petitioner Sudhir Yadav asked the petitioner to approach the appropriate authorities.
“Even if WhatsApp was asked to break through an individual’s message to hand over the data to the government, it would fail as it, too, doesn’t have the decryption keys.”
“A single 256-bit encrypted message would take hundreds of years to be cracked, something even a supercomputer would not be able to do.”
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WhatsApp, the popular messaging app had upgraded their security by enabling its every message with 256-bit encryption that couldn’t be broken into. Yadav said, It gave terrorists a means of communication impossible to intercept and even WhatsApp didn’t have the keys to break the code. The petition said that messaging apps, including WhatsApp, Viber, Hike and Signal were helping terrorists and criminal elements by encrypting the messages thus a threat to national security.
Yadav said, he was not asking for a ban on WhatsApp but wanted the government to ask WhatsApp and 20 other similar applications to share their private key if and when required.