WhatsApp sues Govt, says new Digital Rules mean end to user Privacy

WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit in the High Court of Delhi against the Govt's new digital rules that take effect today, saying these would compel it to break privacy protections to users.

The Facebook-owned messaging service filed its petition on Tuesday against the rules that will require it to "trace" the origin of messages sent on the service, which it says is a violation of privacy.

"Requiring messaging apps to 'trace' chats is the equivalent of asking us to keep a fingerprint of every single message sent on WhatsApp, which would break end-to-end encryption & fundamentally undermines people's right to privacy," WhatsApp, which has nearly 400 million users in India, said in a statement today.

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