Update August 1, 2019 2:37 pm: Sources confirmed to MediaNama that Dr V. Kamakoti and his team submitted their report with views and suggestions on possibility of traceability in WhatsApp yesterday, on July 31, as was instructed by the Madras High Court. *** Original article published on July 25, 2019: On July 24, Court No. 3 of the Madras High Court was packed with barely any standing room. As item no. 14 drew closer on the roster, more people jammed in. That’s because some of the biggest names in Indian legal fraternity had combined forced to make a case against implementing traceability in WhatsApp as the case examined ways in which cybercrime might be curbed with the assistance of social media companies. Senior Advocates Kapil Sibal and Arvind Datar defended WhatsApp, as former Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi, represented Facebook. The hearing began at 12:20 pm and went on for almost an hour. It saw representation from the government of Tamil Nadu (E. Manoharan), Twitter (Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya), and Google (Senior Advocate P. S. Raman). Senior Advocate N. L. Rajah, who had represented WhatsApp in the last hearing, was also present. Internet Freedom Foundation, which had been made an intervener in the last hearing on June 27, was represented by Suhrith Parthasarathy. IFF’s executive director, Apar Gupta, was also present. If this litany of names wasn’t enough, the presence of Brian Hennessey, the director and associate general counsel of WhatsApp, drove home the point that WhatsApp Inc. is…
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