WhatsApp top-level executives meet Centre to discuss traceability

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A team of top-level executives from WhatsApp meet government officials to have detailed discussions on the matter of allowing traceability of messages. This measure is taken in a bid to curb the menace of fake messages that trigger public unrest.

WhatsAppThe Facebook-backed messenger app is willing to engage further on what is a key demand by India.

As of now, WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption for users of its messaging app. Reportedly the company had resisted demands by the government to enable traceability of messages to curb rumours.

The meeting was proposed by WhatsApp director and associate general counsel Brian Hennessy and it was attended by a team of officials from the ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY).

In a bid to launch its payments business, WhatsApp has trying to get the government’s approval. It is under the centre’s scrutiny over its compliance with the Reserve Bank of India’s mandate pertaining localisation of data storage.

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