The Indian government claims that the new IT norms imposed on messaging platforms such as WhatsApp to disclose the originator of flagged content does not breach the privacy of individuals. IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that new IT norms won’t affect the normal functioning of messaging app for the common users.
Tracing origin of messages is required only for very serious issues which would offend sovereignty, integrity & security of the country. The new rules ask the intermediary social media sites to appoint compliance officer, resident grievance officer & nodal officer. Non-compliance of these rules mean the social media losing its intermediary status providing them exemption from liabilities for third party information & any data hosted thereof. The lawsuit filed by WhatsApp in Delhi high court is an unfruitful attempt to prevent the IT rules from coming in effect. The demands of India are significantly less as compared to countries like US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Prasad quoted that although the government is bound to secure the right to privacy of citizens but also it beholds the responsibility to maintain law & order & ensure national security.
Source: Economic Times