Today, everyone of us use WhatsApp. In fact, this message sharing application has become a part and parcel in our daily lives. Despite many positive features, WhatsApp carries the fear of spreading hoaxes. One of the features of whatsapp includes encryption of messages. The problem is that this advanced privacy feature is allowing one to share rumours without the fear of being caught. These rumours are not to be ignored. Sometimes, certain misinformation had become the cause of several misfortunes in India. Recently, the rumors on child kidnappings had led to lynchings across India.
To nip the issue in the bud, the Indian government has come up with a solution. The government has asked WhatsApp to monitor fingerprint of individuals sharing messages in the WhatsApp platform without breaking the end to end encryption. By this way, the authorities can easily trace the individual who has initiated the fake news. Additionally, the authorities stated that they do not want to read the messages but whenever a problematic message is encountered, they should be able to identify the originator of the message.
The government is consistent in its demand on revealing the identity of the originator. As of now, the government asked for the technical possibility of digitally fingerprinting the messages. However, when the demand of traceability raised last year, a WhatsApp spokesperson had said that developing traceability would induce threat to end to end encryption and the private nature of WhatsApp and thereby paving way to potential risk of misuse. He also said that WhatsApp would not weaken the privacy protections.