By Aditi Agrawal and Nikhil Pahwa "WhatsApp remains the same. Their end-to-end encryption remains the same. There’s nothing that we want to change. There’s nothing that warrants the change." Dr V. Kamakoti, a computer science professor at IIT Madras, is clear about this. In the last two hearings (on June 27 and July 24) of the case, in which the Madras High Court is deliberating on how the originator of a message on WhatsApp can be traced, Kamakoti’s initial submission has heavily featured in the judges’ opinion of whether traceability is technically possible. His suggestions on traceability to the Madras High Court, however, had Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, WhatsApp's counsel in the case, practically palpitating at the last hearing, "If you open up the encryption, there is no platform." A member of the National Security Advisory Board, which operates under the…
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