Encryption in India

“India Wants Access to Encrypted WhatsApp Messages,” The Wall Street Journal, January 16, 2019.  Government wants access to the encrypted messages of its citizens.

Compare and contrast with Apple’s efforts to block searches of iPhones in the US.

Who’s in charge, and who makes the rules?  If WhatsApp doesn’t comply, what happens?  Does India sue Facebook?  Does India make the app illegal in India?  Encryption of information is troubling to governments generally.  Does the owner of the platform have the responsibility for the content that’s on there?

Who owns the information that India is seeking to see?   Apparently, there can be different owners of different aspects of the same information.  Can the NSA break the WhatsApp encryption?  If they do, who would monitor all that traffic?

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