RTI activist files PIL in SC demanding ban on WhatsApp; claims security threat

New Delhi: Claiming that social messaging applications like WhatsApp and Viber pose threat to national security, a Haryana-based RTI activist has filed a PIL demanding ban on them. The PIL will be heard by Chief Justice of India on June 29.

As per reports of a leading daily, the PIL was filed by Sudhir Yadav, who has asked the Supreme Court to look into the matter. In his PIL, Yadav has claimed that the messaging apps are helping the militants by encrypting the messages.

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He further mentioned in his PIL that intercepting the encrypted messages is virtually impossible and such a problem is being faced by the investigating agencies when it comes to tracking the terrorists.

Yadav went on to state that even the super-computers will not be able to decode and intercept such messages and that decoding a single 256-bit encrypted message would take hundreds of years.

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Thus, he demanded a ban on Whatsapp, Viber, Telegram, Hike and Signal.