WhatsApp sues Indian government over new internet rules

The messaging app WhatsApp has sued the Indian government seeking to defend its users’ privacy and stop new rules that would require it to make messages “traceable” to external parties.

WhatsApp filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the Delhi High Court. It is arguing that the government rules regarding the traceability of messages are unconstitutional and undermine the fundamental right to privacy.

The company currently uses end-to-end encryption for its messaging service, which encrypts messages in such a way that no one apart from the sender and receiver are able to read the messages sent between them.

The lawsuit follows sweeping regulations for technology companies announced in February that hold them more accountable for content shared on their platforms. A 90-day grace period for complying with the rules ended Wednesday.

“Civil society and technical experts around the world have consistently argued that a requirement to “trace” private messages would break end-to-end encryption and lead to real abuse,” WhatsApp said in a statement.

“WhatsApp is committed to protecting the privacy of people’s personal messages and we will continue to do all we can within the laws of India to do so.”

The new regulations require internet platforms like Facebook and Twitter to erase content authorities deem to be unlawful and to help with police investigations, including identifying the originators of so-called “mischievous information.”

The lawsuit is part of a struggle between some of the world’s biggest technology companies and governments grappling with disinformation, hate speech and other troubles.

Singapore in 2019 passed a law requiring technology platforms to issue corrections of false information if the authorities order them to do so, or face hefty fines. In Britain, tech companies could also face heavy fines if they fail to prevent the spread of illegal and harmful content, such as terrorism or child pornography.

Nikhil Pahwa, a New Delhi-based digital rights activist said the WhatsApp lawsuit is an important case for India and the world.

“What happens in India is what governments across the world would see and like to implement,” Pahwa said.

If WhatsApp loses its case, it either may choose to leave the market and lose over 500 million users, or redesign its platform to make messages traceable, he said.

“The introduction of the new IT rules can essentially kill the entire idea of end-to-end encryption in India. This will potentially compromise all its users across and not just India,” he said.

WhatsApp said in a statement posted on its website that traceability breaks end-to-end encryption and would “severely undermine the privacy of billions of people who communicate digitally.”

“Through such an approach, innocent people could get caught up in investigations, or even go to jail, for sharing content that later becomes problematic in the eyes of a government, even if they did not mean any harm by sharing it in the first place,” WhatsApp said.

It reiterated that its team responds to valid law enforcement requests, providing them with limited categories of information available that is consistent with relevant laws and policies.


Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams Wasn’t Honest About Mental Health

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Destiny’s Child’s star Michelle Williams posted audio from her candid chat with Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, during which she admitted she should have been more “truthful” about her mental health.

Michelle Williams is taking the time to check in with fellow Destiny’s Child stars Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland.

On Wednesday, May 26, Michelle shared audio to Instagram from her recent conversation with the two other performers. During the chat, Michelle—who is promoting her new book, Checking In—got candid about her mental health journey.

“It’s OK to not be OK, and it’s OK to tell somebody you’re not OK,” she shared. “Because honestly, I should have done that with y’all. I’ve been open about a lot of things that I never was real truthful about how I really was.”

Michelle continued, “Even though y’all have proven to be safe friends, safe sisters, sometimes people have to know, no, you’re not going to be looked at differently. You can just say, ‘Y’all, I’ve been sad a little too long.’ It amplifies one’s bravery and gives them courage—like, oh, it’s OK.”

Kelly agreed, and expressed her belief that “humility” should be an important element of friendships.

“You have to allow yourself to hold a safe place in a safe space for all friendships to be able to check in,” the 40-year-old “Dilemma” singer said. “It’s a blessing to be able to have that. When it’s your person, it’s nothing that they’ll judge you for. It’s nothing you can’t tell them, and I think that that’s the greatest thing Destiny’s Child has ever given me, is my gift of friendship for you ladies.”

Beyoncé, 39, was right there with her, adding, “And I just know Kelly and I feel so honored that we are now your safe place where you can express any and everything, and we know that you are that for us, and you’ve always been that for us. So we’re just happy to be along this journey, and happy to witness the birth of a new chapter.”



Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Plan to Make Their Long-Distance Relationship Work

J.Lo and Ben Affleck have a solution for how they’re going to make the most of their bicoastal lifestyles during their newfound romance, as she lives in Miami and he in L.A. Read on for the game plan.

There aren’t enough days in a week, weeks in a month, months in a year for Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck to be together.

The formerly-engaged stars have rekindled their romance and, this time, they’re trying to make their long distance kind of love last.

J.Lo, 51, and Ben, 48, have traveled around the country the past month as they make up for lost time. After meeting up in Los Angeles and Montana, the couple spent the past four days in Miami, according to a source.

The Justice League actor, who lives in Los Angeles near the three kids he shares with ex Jennifer Garnertook an overnight flight to Florida to be with Jennifer over the weekend.

The pair was spotted hitting the gym this week, before they nestled up in a Mediterranean-style Miami estate that’s valued at $18 million (and yes, we have pics inside the 11-bedroom palace). He has since returned to La La Land.

Now that Bennifer 2.0 is here to stay, the insider shares exclusively with E! News how Ben and Jen plan to make their long-distance relationship work.

“They have no problem meeting up wherever,” the source explains, noting that “things are going very well” so far with their bicoastal setup.

“Ben is happy to be a part of her life in Miami, where they spent a lot of time at home being low-key and relaxing together,” the source continues. “They have had a great few days that feels effortless and easy.”

The plan is for Jennifer to come out to L.A. to see him as her schedule allows. The insider notes, “They are taking it one day at a time, but aren’t letting distance be too much of an obstacle.”

A second source confirms that the A-listers spent the weekend together and are trying to “work around” family and work commitments.

J.Lo shares custody of her 13-year-old twins, Max and Emme, with ex-husband Marc Anthony in Miami, but no word on if the teens have met up with Ben recently.