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“They have clear double standards”: Pai slams large social media platforms



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Bengaluru, May 26 (PTI) The Indian government and the
country”s laws should define and protect the privacy of
citizens, information technology industry veteran T V
Mohandas Pai said on Wednesday as he accused large social
media platforms like WhatsApp of “double standards”.
“Let the Court decide, not WhatsApp”, he said,
commenting on WhatsApp filing a lawsuit in Delhi High Court
challenging the government”s new digital rules saying the
requirement for the company to provide access to encrypted
messages will break privacy protections.
The petition, filed on Tuesday evening, seeks declaring
the rule requiring the message service provider to identify
the first originator of any message flagged as a ”violation”
of privacy rights provided by the constitution.
“This will go to Supreme Court”, the former Chief
Financial Officer of Bengaluru-headquartered IT major Infosys
Ltd, a known BJP supporter, predicted.
The big issue is: should a private social media platform
decide such matters by means of a one sided contract or
should regulations, according to him.
“These platforms have now become public utilities as
crores of people use them. Our data is not safe. They are
subject to US law and their security agencies have full
access to our data. So where is the privacy?” he asked.
“They (WhatsApp) have clear double standards. Our
government and our law should define and protect our privacy,
not these platforms,” Pai told PTI.
The new Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines
and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 were announced by
the government on February 25 and it requires large social
media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and
WhatsApp to comply with the norms by May 25.
The rules require such large platforms to follow
additional due diligence, including the appointment of a
chief compliance officer, nodal contact person and resident
grievance officer.
WhatsApp said the traceability provision is
unconstitutional and against the fundamental right to
privacy.
Confirming filing of the petition in the high court on
Tuesday, the WhatsApp spokesperson said that “requiring
messaging apps to ”trace” chats is the equivalent of asking
us to keep a fingerprint of every single message sent on
WhatsApp, which would break end-to-end encryption and
fundamentally undermine people”s right to privacy.” PTI RS SA
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