The petitioner alleged that without the ability to trace the origin of WhatsApp messages, law enforcement agencies would not be able to identify criminals or anti-national people.

The Kerala Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition to ban WhatsApp on the grounds that it was premature, The Economic Times reported. The petitioner Omanakutan KG, a software expert, had argued that WhatsApp has not yet complied with the information technology (IT) rules traceability mandate in 2021, which poses a potential threat to national interest and security. “We are not inclined to fulfill the asked prayers, we reject the written application,” said the court.

In rejecting the petition, a division bank made up of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly said that “it should be the job of investigative agencies and courts to decide whether messages from WhatsApp have been tampered with by users to avoid being used as evidence to become”. Report specified. This came in response to the petitioner’s claim that the news and media shared on the platform could be tampered with by a lay person to cause civil unrest and, since traceability is not possible, criminals or anti-national persons who may have committed the Use app not identified by law enforcement agencies.

The court further added that the Indian government has already urged WhatsApp to abide by the new rules and that it will not make a plea to make the same request again, Times of India reported. While WhatsApp has appointed Individuals in the three management roles (Resident Grievance Officer, Nodal Contact Person, Chief Compliance Officer) required by the new IT rules still have to comply with the traceability mandate against which it has filed a complaint with the Delhi High Court. However, the petitioner countered that WhatsApp’s new privacy policy already violates data protection, as the app collects and passes on a lot of information.

In the petition, Omakuttan also argued that WhatsApp complies with European laws and has implemented a separate privacy policy in Europe in accordance with local laws. “If the app is subject to the laws of the European region and can change its functionality according to the laws of the European region; Why does it hesitate to obey the laws of our country? “

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