Popular messaging app WhatsApp has been blocked in Brazil for 72 hours, a judge from Brazil has ordered the mobile carriers in the country to block the app.
Judge Marcel Motalvao has ordered the company to hand over messages which are related to a drug investigation, although WhatsApp says that it cannot access these messages as they are encrypted.
The company’s CEO Jan Koum has said that they do not have access to the information that the judge has requested as the conversations are encrypted, you can see what he had to say below.
Yet again millions of innocent Brazilians are being punished because a court wants WhatsApp to turn over information we repeatedly said we don’t have. Not only do we encrypt messages end-to-end on WhatsApp to keep people’s information safe and secure, we also don’t keep your chat history on our servers. When you send an end-to-end encrypted message, no one else can read it – not even us. While we are working to get WhatsApp back up and running as soon as possible, we have no intention of compromising the security of our billion users around the world.
This is latest case related to encryption where authorities are trying to get technology company’s to provide them with information that they do not have.
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