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WhatsApp drags India government to court over privacy law

Facebook unit says breaking end-to-end encryption breaches consumer rights

WhatsApp has around 400 million users in India.   © Reuters

MUMBAI -- Facebook-owned WhatsApp is challenging the Indian government in the Delhi High Court over a new rule that requires it and other social media companies to track information on their platforms.

The law, which comes into effect on Wednesday, violates user privacy rights and is unconstitutional, said WhatsApp. Complying with the law would require WhatsApp, which has around 400 million users in India, to break end-to-end encryption designed to protect user privacy.

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