Encryption Controversy: Government Exempts Whatsapp, Social Media

Published: 22nd September 2015 03:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd September 2015 03:16 AM   |  A+A-


The Modi-government issued a clarification on Monday after public outrage grew on the new draft proposal which mandated storing messages that you send through WhatsApp, SMS, Email or any such service.

Under the clarification, the government exempted Whatsapp,Facebook,Twitter anything which are currently being used in web applications, social media sites, and social media applications.

It also exempts SSL/TLS encryption products being used in Internet-banking and payment gateways as directed by the Reserve Bank of India. Thirdly, SSL/TLS encryption products being used for e-commerce and password based transactions.

The vision of the policy is to "enable information security environment and secure transactions in Cyber Space for individuals, businesses, government, including nationally critical information systems and networks," the draft said. Internet Service Provider Association Of India (ISPAI) President Rajesh Chharia said putting responsibility on customers is not acceptable.

The last date for public to comment on the draft is October 16, 2015.

(With inputs from PTI)

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