Two officials said that India is considering developing and utilizing a chat application similar to Whatsapp and other HomeGroup Secure Communications networks,
A senior government official told ET that the way American companies like Google and Qualcomm have prepared to cut relations with Huawei after Washington’s sanctions against the Chinese company, it has played a threat bell in New Delhi.
There is a strong discussion on the fact that for strategic and security reasons, in the period of time,
we should be emailed, which will send messages to all types of systems for at least government communication, which does not depend on outside providers.
The official said that it was being discussed that any official communication should be safe and indigenously developed on the network.
“We must have some form of government’s Whatsapp.
The thinking in the government is that all the communication and data transmitted on those networks will be stored in India 100%.
The official said, For the beginning, at least all types of government-to-government communication should start on such platforms and then we can take it to the next step, which is also the government communication for all the people.
Government plans come after Android’s choice, Google stays, he said it will cut the relationship with Huawei’s smartphone after the US government on May 21 and bans the Chinese companies’ products and allows American companies to The software and components will stop the supply of which makes the telecom device as well as the smartphone.
The US is also pressuring India to bar Huawei’s from 5G on time, but New Delhi has yet to take a call.
Due to American restrictions, Huawei was forced to move into Plan B, and allegedly targeted it is own OS-Hong-Meng to replace Android OS in many countries.
all of you must know the dissemination of false news and false information on WhatsApp in India has been one of the biggest concerns to the government.
The huge popularity of the platform makes it easy for miscreants to abuse it. Whatsapp messages which spread hatred among people gave rise to many incidents throughout India.
Whatsapp’s End-to-End encryption (E2E) encryption makes it difficult for law enforcement agencies to track the source of the message and to identify real culprits.
Now, the Government of India has asked WhatsApp to launch a new facility to detect the source of messages without removing E2E encryption.
- The government wants to have a ‘digital fingerprint’ to track every WhatsApp message
- The government has asked Whatsapp to add a feature which will “digitally fingerprint” all Whatsapp messages
- The government wants to have this WhatsApp digital fingerprint in every whispered message that will help track what has previously sent a special message to WhatsApp
- With this new feature, WhatsApp should be able to provide information like the original sender of the message, how many people have read it, forward it and more than.
- The government is not asking WATSAP to remove end-to-end (E2E) encryption. But Watsapp joins this digital fingerprint feature without breaking E2E encryption
- The new feature will not allow the government to read the WhatsApp chat or know the contents of a particular message
- According to the government, no one else will have access to material other than police or other law enforcement agencies
- At present, the police depend on the metadata information such as profile picture, phone number, group member’s name, location, chat time, duration of chat, IP addresses, contacts and more
- The government claims that this Whatsapp metadata information is not enough to track criminals
- Experts suggest that for implementing this facility on WhatsApp, Facebook will have to re-organize the entire architecture of Whatsapp
- Digitally messing up every whispered message is difficult The ability to trace
Whatsapp messages E2E reduces encryption and increases the risk of government surveillance, claims WhatsApp.
India is not the first country to demand “access” for the WhatsApp message
- Australia has recently introduced a law that allows police to have encryption, while the new law of Singapore allows the police to monitor private chat groups.
The official said that all officials and government employees can be discouraged from using official messaging platforms like Gmail or Whatsapp for official communication.
“Now, officials use their personal email, It needs to be stopped.” Whatsapp owned by US-based major Facebook, India considers its largest market with more than 200 million users.
Although the social media platform has been on loggerheads with the Indian government over the demand for traceability of messages, efforts have been made to crack rumors spread through New Delhi’s efforts, which leads to criminal acts such as robbing the crowd .
“Another senior official told ET,” The United States Trade Representative has already red-flagged our proposed data privacy bill and the intermediary guidelines.
“American companies are opposing our efforts to localize data. This, with recent restrictions on Huawei, this means that Americans can stop us from ever making decisions.
“Under the proposed scheme, at least all the important data will be in India.