Right to Privacy Respected but…
Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad was quoted as saying, “Government is committed to ensure the Right of Privacy to all its citizens but at the same time it is also the responsibility of the government to maintain law and order and ensure national security.”
The government respects the ‘Right to Privacy’ and has no intention to violate it when WhatsApp would be required to disclose the origin of a particular message, MeitY said in a statement on Wednesday, 26 May, after the Facebook-owned messaging service moved the Delhi High Court, challenging the Centre’s new digital platform rules.
“As per all established judicial dictum, no Fundamental Right, including the Right to Privacy, is absolute and it is subject to reasonable restrictions. The requirements in the Intermediary Guidelines pertaining to the first originator of information are an example of such a reasonable restriction (sic),” the release added.
Facebook and Google have said that they will ensure compliance. Meanwhile, Twitter is yet to respond on the same.
(With inputs from NDTV)
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