WhatsApp Row: We are Committed to Protect Fundamental Rights of Citizens, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Government has said that it is committed to protecting the fundamental rights of citizens including the right to privacy. It said the government will take stern action against any intermediary responsible for breach of privacy.

In a tweet, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the government is concerned at the breach of privacy on the messaging platform WhatsApp. He said the government has asked WhatsApp to explain the kind of breach and what it is doing to safeguard the privacy of millions of Indians.

IT Ministry yesterday wrote to WhatsApp seeking a detailed response by November 4. The move comes after WhatsApp said that Indian journalists and Human Rights Activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using an Israeli spyware Pegasus.

WhatsApp has said that it is suing NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance firm that is reportedly behind the technology that helped unnamed entities’ spies hack into phones of roughly 1,400 users including diplomats, politicians, journalists and government officials.

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