Supreme Court today refused to entertain a PIL seeking a ban on instant messaging application Whatsapp and asked petitioner and RTI activist Sudhir Yadav to approach the Department of Telecom, Information Technology ministry or TDSAT with his grievances.
"Oh are you worried about the security of the country? Then approach the competent authority. If they dont hear you then come here" CJI T S Thakur led bench told Yadav.
The RTI activist approached the Supreme Court seeking a ban on after it had introduced end to end Encryption on 5th April 2016 to its users with their updated version of the application.
According to the Petitioner WhatsApp released its white paper explaining all the encryption they have used and made their all future release totally encrypted that is 256 bit encrypted and they explained over their white paper that they don’t store private key. It is averred that it will be nearly impossible for the government agencies to decrypt messages/call/video/image/document in case it is required by the government of India for the National Security purpose because they don’t have private key of any user.