The government, though scrapped the encryption policy for WhatsApp, said it was required to ensure secure transactions in Cyber Space for individuals, businesses and Government.
In a statement, it said, “A High Level Expert Committee’s recommendations on Encryption Policy were recently put up on its website by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) for public comments.
DeitY has noted public sentiments viz-a-viz this draft. It is hereby clarified that the above mentioned draft is not the final view of the Government on the matter.
DeitY has also taken note of the ambiguity in some portions of the draft that may have led to misgivings. Hence, the above mentioned draft has been withdrawn and will be put up for consultation after appropriate revision.”
Earlier, the draft triggered uproar in all the media and social media as the opposition spokesman and former IT minister Manish Tiwari set the ball rolling against the government policy to require WhatsApp users to keep their messages in tact for 90 days to 180 days as evidence.
It has sparked off Manish Tiwari who tweeted that the BJP government was tryng to snoop around in one’s bedroom activities too. The adverse reaction in social media about the policy forced the department to quickly issue the above statement withdrawing the draft.
Representational picture:The Union Minister for Communications, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad addressing at the release of the postal stamp on Liver Transplant, in New Delhi on November 04, 2014. (PIB Photo)