Law enforcement agencies should have access to the source of messages that feed false rumors: Ravi Shankar Prasad

NEW DELHI: On Monday, the IT and Communications Minister said that India respects encryption, but insisted that law enforcement agencies should be able to identify the source of messages circulating to feed false rumors and violence.

We respect the encryption, but when the same message is transmitted repeatedly at the same time, in the same area and on the same topic to create chaos and spread false rumors, law enforcement agencies must have access ... one must identify source of trouble to deal with the circulation of false rumors in such cases, said Prasad at the India Mobile Congress 2019.

it must be stable, safe and protected and we must guarantee this, the minister added.

The issue of traceability has been a critical point between the government and the messenger giant.

WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has so far resisted India's demand to identify message creators, arguing that doing so would undermine its privacy and privacy policy.

According to sources, global executive Nick Clegg - During his meeting with Prasad last month - he had proposed alternatives to the absolute traceability of messages, including the use of 'metadata' and artificial intelligence to address the problem. He even offered to take advantage of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook links to assist law enforcement agencies.

WhatsApp, in the past, emphasized that the platform cannot read the messages exchanged since they are encrypted.

In his speech, Prasad noted that India is generating the most data in the world.

I am very interested in India becoming a great center for data analysis, cleaning and data refining, he said.

The minister also said that a balance must be maintained between data privacy, data innovation and data usefulness.