Plea for ban on WhatsApp rejected by Supreme Court, asks petitioner to approach Govt
 Source : Agencies  Date : 29-Jun-2016

New Delhi, June 29:  Supreme Court dismissed the petition related to ban on whatsapp and asked the petitioner to approach the government for this case. The petition has been dismissed by the bench of the CJI. Sudhir Yadav, a Haryana-based right-to-information (RTI) activist who had filed the case. The petition stated that WhatsApp had enabled every message with a 256-bit encryption that cannot be broken into which can be actually threat to India in terms of terrorism activity.
"Even if WhatsApp was asked to break through an individual's message to hand over the data to the government, it too would fail as it does not have the decryption keys either," Yadav said in his petition. Intercepting such encrypted messages is virtually impossible -- a problem investigating agencies on trail of terrorists admit they are facing,Yadav further said.

Even super-computers can't decipher and intercept these messages. Decrypting a single 256-bit encrypted message would take hundreds of years, Mr Yadav added. Yadav had told IANS that he had written letters to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Ministry of Communications and IT before filing the petition, but received no reply. Other messaging platforms such as Hike, Secure Chat, Viber and a few others are also using high encryption and constitute a threat to national security, the petition stated.