Supreme Court: No ban on WhatsApp in India


Supreme Court dismissed the petition on Wednesday requesting a ban on messaging applications like WhatsApp, which use 256-bit end-to-end encryption. The Petition was filed by Sudhir Yadav who argued that WhatsApp like applications which use end-to-end encryption give terrorist a mode communication that becomes difficult to intercept.

According to a Medianama report, “The plea was dismissed by the court as the court found no legitimacy in it. However, after the Chief Justice indicated that case would be dismissed, as there were adequate numbers of government authorities dealing with national security, the petitioner sought to pull back the petition, and approach an appropriate power, concerning the grievances brought up in the petition."

Sudhir Yadav is a Haryana-based RTI activist who sought ban on messenger applications like WhatsApp and Telegram on the grounds that stated applications are a cause of national security concern.

“Even if WhatsApp was asked to break through an individual’s message to hand over the data to the government, it would fail as it does not have the decryption keys either,” Yadav said his petition. It added that decrypting any message on WhatsApp would need a whopping 115,792,089,237,316,195,423,570,985,008,687,907,853,269,984,665,640,564,039,457,584,007,913,129,639,935 key combinations, something that is almost impossible for even a super computer. And even if it did, it would take hundreds of years to make that happen, Yadav had argued.