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‘Govt has no access to WhatsApp data, voice messages,’ MEITY says in Lok Sabha

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In a first, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) categorically denied that “the government or any of its agencies have access to the data and voice messages circulated through WhatsApp”. In response to a question by Lok Sabha Congress MP D.K. Suresh (Bangalore Rural), IT Minister of State Sanjay Dhotre also said that no restrictions have been imposed by the government on WhatsApp and Facebook in the last one year. This is the first time that the government has explicitly answered a yes/no question about its access to WhatsApp communications. It usually tends to obfuscate on the issue, or at least on the issue of purchase of Israeli spyware. In response to a similar question raised by DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran (Chennai Central) in November 2019, Home Minister of State G. Kishan Reddy had quoted Section 69 of…

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