It’s not a crime to delete WhatsApp messages

22 September 2015

Government has just back stepped from a controversial idea of implementing a new policy, a forceful rule impending on people not to delete any personal messages on WhatsApp, Google Hangouts or Apple iMessage. If someone does it, they are punishable.

Indian Government had proposed a National Encryption Policy in which the mobile phone users will have to keep a copy of all their messages from their instant messaging apps at least for a period of 90 days. There had been a huge revolt from the Netizens about this. Many people has been sarcastically asking the government to provide them with free a 32 GB storage phone space so that so that they don’t have to delete any message.

By this late evening, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) clarified in a draft that social media websites and applications will be exempted from the purview of this Encryption Policy.

In recent times, it has become a common practice to the government, officially announcing something and immediately going back on them, a similar recent classic example is of banning porn websites. It is better for the government to do some due diligence before going out to the press and public on these kind of sensitive issues.

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