12.7C
Delhi
Monday, January 18, 2021

WhatsApp shared ‘technical jargon’ with government agency

- Advertisement -

WhatsApp shared 'technical jargon' with government agencyNew Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Soon after tech giant WhatsApp got into a face off with the Indian government claiming its officials met the Indian government in the last five months, government sources say the information provided was “pure technical jargon”.

Government sources also say that WhatsApp had given information to CERT-IN, a government agency in May, but without any mention of Pegasus or the extent of the breach. It also insists, that the information shared was only about a technical vulnerability and had nothing to do with the fact that privacy of Indian users had been compromised.

READ ALSO:  India has one of the better air safety indicators in the world: Puri

To back its claim, a screenshot of the information shared with CERT-IN by WhatsApp was circulated by government sources.

Earlier, highly-placed official sources indicated a war with the messaging platform, alleging that the whole controversy may be a ploy by the messaging company to build pressure on governments to push back on their demands on traceability.

“WhatsApp officials have met Indian government in the last five months. This incident is of August…. then why did WhatsApp not inform us that time. Looking at our demand, now the US, UK and Australia have also raised pitch for traceability. So this is too much of a coincidence. This could be an attempt by WhatsApp to build pressure on countries to push back on growing global opinion for traceability using this example,” a source said.

READ ALSO:  India and World Bank signed agreement to improve groundwater management

The snooping of human rights activists and journalists in India via an Israeli spyware called Pegasus has snowballed into a major political controversy. Pegasus allegedly exploited WhatsApp’s video calling system with installing the spyware via giving missed calls to snoop on 1,400 select users globally, including nearly 30-40 people in India.

READ ALSO:  It's a reality you can't run from: Aditi Rao Hydari on Trolling
India Updates
India Updates is an independent news & Information website. Follow us for regular updates on News and Information.

Follow Us On

Related News

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Topics In India

Covid 19 India Updates

Trending News In India

Trending Showbiz

Trending Sports

Latest Trending News In India

Nitish Kumar woos NRIs to invest in Bihar

Patna, Jan 17 (IANS) In a bid to attract Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) of Bihar origin, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held talks through video conference with members of the...

Yogi govt to develop Gorakhpur as hub of garment industry

Gorakhpur (IANS): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced to develop Gorakhpur into a garment industry hub that would give impetus to garment...

Bank credit to manufacturing muted amid pandemic

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Bank credit to manufacturing sector has remained muted in the current financial year amid the pandemic, while few sectors,...

PM flags off 8 trains to Statue of Unity in Gujarat

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday flagged off eight trains connecting major destinations in various states of the country...