The accused of the 2016 Nagrota Army Camp attack revealed the use of social messaging apps for communication with the other associates. Later during the interrogation, it was discovered by the NIA that WhatsApp has been used as the medium of contact. On this basis Indian Security Agency called a meeting for the discussion of the ban on social messaging, calling apps in critical areas.
Key officers of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Jammu and Kashmir Police attended the meeting. The Indian government has decided to bring WhatsApp under their own control so that they can keep an eye on the terrorist activities and many other anti-national elements.
After the meeting one of the officers said that “ Whatsapp calling and messaging have become the medium of communication for the anti-national elements and we still have no idea about how to keep an eye on such apps“. We have already seen that many nations have banned such social apps which could have harmed their national security. Russia banned ‘Telegram‘ a few months back concerning the national security.
As most of the apps provide complete security to the users so it would be a tough task to bring such reforms that would disturb the security of a user. Ministry of Telecom and the Ministry of Home Affairs are planning to set a policy to gain essential details from the respected social media platforms as per demand. Due to the end to end encryption level of security of social apps, it is impossible to break the security chain and interfere with the data. This issues can be sorted if WhatsApp agrees to share data with the government or looking at the nation’s security ban might be the next move.
WhatsApp Messenger is a freeware and cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) service owned by Facebook. The application allows the sending of text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media, documents, and user location. The application runs from a mobile device though it is also accessible from desktop computers; the service requires consumer users to provide a standard cellular mobile number. Originally users could only communicate with other users individually or in groups of individual users, but in September 2017 WhatsApp announced a forthcoming business platform which will enable companies to provide customer service to users at scale.