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“Govt Respects Right To Privacy, No Intention To Violate It When Whatsapp Is Required To Disclose Origin Of Message”: IT Ministry

In a press release the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology clarified that the Government respects the right to privacy and has no intention to violate it when requiring WhatsApp to disclose the origin of a message. “Such Requirements are only in case when the message is required for Prevention, Investigation or Punishment of Very Serious Offences related to the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, or public order, or of incitement to an offence relating to the above or in relation with rape, sexually explicit material or child sexual abuse material.” It has been clarified. Stating that the Government of India recognises that ‘Right to Privacy’ as being a valuable fundamental right, the press release informs that Minister of Law and Justice of India, Ravi Shankar Prasad has stated that “none of the measures proposed by India will impact the normal functioning of WhatsApp in any manner whatsoever and for the common users, there will be no impact”.

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