Social Media plays a vital role in our country. With more than a billion population, and everyone having at least a Facebook account, these social media sites are a big deal in our country. Almost 3 months ago, The Government of India announced some guidelines owing to change in some policies as well as some new amendments, like,
1. As these sites are working for the Indians, they should have a cyber cell within India , with their own executive for solving the cyber crimes occurring under their site's purview within 15 days, in the same way , they have cyber cell executives in their own origin country.
2. With almost 90% population using these sites, Government of India thought this to be a wise decision, to chalk out information and evidences in case of criminal cases in the country. So the changes involved furnishing evidences regarding the criminal's data whenever needed.
Now, these social media sites, were given a period of 3 months, to bring out changes to their policies, where only Facebook came up with a statement stating, they are working on it. Rest all, specially Twitter didn't even respond even after 3 months expiry.
As of now, earlier, if there was any cyber crime through these websites, these websites used to be out of purview and they could not be held liable for the same. But with no responses/ change in policies after end of 3 months, Government of India has the right to even drag these sites to the court in case of any default through them, due to non changes in the policies. As a result of which, WhatsApp sued Indian Government challenging the new rules and regulations regarding traceability of messages, invading privacy of its users.
According to my opinion, I feel it is a great step. As traceability has always been in the list of IT rules of our country and these apps have been evading the same since ages, in lieu of privacy of users. Also I feel these apps should also appoint their executives in India to resolve the issues faced by the Indians , furthermore, being able to collect evidences through WhatsApp chats would definitely ease out of long stacked cases. At the same time I feel, these apps, facilitate several criminal activities, if not directly but still, so at the end these apps should also be answerable as far as national security is concerned.
But , Right to privacy being one of the basic human rights provided in the constitution, these traceability of messages in an end to end encrypted chat would be violating the human rights. No doubt making strict policies for national security is great step and is needed at the hour, but achieving these through evading privacy rights isn't the only option.
Last year Government of India banned almost, 200 apps, including PubG and several Chinese apps, but none of the apps filed any cases relating to its comeback, neither did any one sued the government for the same, because even these apps knew , its real hard to fight against a government in their own country regarding national security. But WhatsApp suing the government, also proves, the stand our country's government has according to WhatsApp, as they feel its easy to go against the decisions made my government . Isn't it ironical, the way WhatsApp waved off the powers of the government ,whose almost whole population is already a part of it? Who's at fault? Is WhatsApp being overconfident regarding its policies? Or has the people of India failed to showcase their unity towards the government guidelines in the lieu of hatred towards a political party? Or even worse, are these policies actually questionable?
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