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India To Approach US Seeking Help To Decrypt WhatsApp, Skype Messages

India will ask US to share the technology it uses to decrypt conversations that happen over chat services such as WhatsApp, Skype among others if the companies don't do so themselves, as per an agenda note circulated by the Union Home Ministry ahead of the Indo-US Police Chiefs conference on December 4-5, reports Economic Times. The report says that Intelligence Bureau suspects anti-social elements and terrorists of using such chatting services to draw up plans and conspiracies. India will also complain to US that services providers like Hotmail, Google, Facebook and Twitter have "never even in a single case" provided profile or e-mail contents requested by India for investigations and have refused to remove hate speech contents from the social networking websites. This is strange considering Google listed India second in its transparency report when it came to user data requests, with 2,691 data requests from the government. The hate speech angle is interesting as it was part of a recent report by Cobra Post during which it found several agencies in India that were willing to malign companies and individuals for a fee. One of the companies that agreed to this had said that they use WhatsApp and Facebook to spread defamatory information. The report also states that Intelligence Bureau Chief Asif Ibrahim recently made a case for US service providers to be brought under the ambit of Indian law and proposed the creation of an 'Indo-American Alert, Watch and Warn network'. Such a network will help law enforcement agencies of both…

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