SC says 'No' to ban on WhatsApp; Petitioner told to approach government

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New Delhi, June 29: A petition seeking a ban on WhatsApp was today rejected by the Supreme Court of India.

A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur rejected the petition filed by Haryana based RTI activist, Sudhir Yadav. The Bench directed the petitioner to approach the government of India instead.


The petitioner had contended that the messaging platform's end to end encryption gives terrorist a mean to communicate and the same is impossible to intercept.

The petitioner stated that every message with its 256 bit encryption is impossible to break into and this gives terrorists the advantage to communicate without being detected.

The petitioner also pointed out to a startling number which would be needed to decrypt messages on WhatsApp.

He said one would need 115,792,089,237,316,195,423,570,985,008,687,907,853,269,984,665,640,564,039,457,584,007,913,129,639,935 key combinations in order to decrypt a message.

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