Indian Government has drafted a new encryption policy, in which they demand users of WhatsApp and google chat to save all encrypted communication data for at least 90 days. They also want the users to give up their encryption keys. It also wants users to allow access to security agencies, in text format if needed.
Indian Government has drafted a new encryption policy, in which Government demand users of WhatsApp and google chat to save all encrypted communication data for at least 90 days. They also want the users store of all encrypted messages, including SMSes and emails, sent from any mobile device or computer compulsory for 90 days.
The draft was produced by an expert group set up by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) under Section 84A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
The draft covers all messaging service and emails including Gmail and Whatsapp sent from any mobile device or computer as it applies to all instant messages and email.
The draft said, “All information shall be stored by the concerned B/C organization for 90 days from the date of transaction and made available to Law application Agencies as and when demanded in line with the provisions of the laws of the country.”
This policy is not applicable to sensitive departments / agencies of the government designated for performing sensitive and strategic roles.
The draft has defined ‘B category’ as all statutory organizations, executive bodies, business and commercial establishments, including all Public Sector Undertakings, Academic institutions.