Online platforms like WhatsApp don't cooperate citing encryption: Government

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Platforms like WhatsApp and Signal do not cooperate with law enforcement agencies citing end-to-end encryption and don't even honour lawful requisitions, government officials have told a Rajya Sabha panel looking into the issue of pornography on social media and its effects on children.

The panel, which includes 14-members from ten political parties, has held several meetings on the issue. It also called upon various stakeholders including Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), telecom regulator TRAI and social media platforms.  Appearing before the panel, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in a note said the ministry faces many legal challenges from social media platforms.

Group members include Amar Patnaik, Amee Yajnik, Dola Sen, Jaya Bachchan, Kahkashan Perween, Rajeev Chandrashekar, MV Rajeev Gauda, Roopa Ganguly, Sanjay Singh, Tiruchi Siva, Vandana Chavan, Vijila Sathyanath and Vinay P Shasrabuddhe.
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