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IT Rules 2021: CEO Will Cathcart says WhatsApp hopes to find solution to traceability without breaking encryption

WhatsApp has explained its concerns around traceability to the Indian government, and will continue doing so in the hope of finding solutions "that don't touch encryption", said WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart. Speaking to Big Technology Podcast host Alex Kantrowitz, Cathcart termed the idea of breaking encryption "a fundamental threat". Cathcart was responding to questions about India's new Information Technology Rules 2021 notified last month, which prescribe due diligence on "significant social media intermediaries" such as WhatsApp. WhatsApp, with over 530 million registered users in India (according to figures released by the Indian government), is required to enable traceability on its platform. This traceability is considered to be antithetical to end-to-end encryption used by messaging platforms such as WhatsApp. For more details on this, read our summary of the IT Rules with respect to internet and social media intermediaries.  In the podcast,…

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