Internet privacy issues echo in Kashmir hearing

Srinagar

The issue connected with Internet privacy echoed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, as it pondered over the matter that if the government were to read all messages exchanged through various modes of communication then there might not be any privacy, IANS reported.

A bench headed by N.V. Ramana was hearing the submissions of senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, challenging the restrictions imposed on Internet in the Kashmir Valley, which has affected the livelihood of traders and common people.

The Centre has justified the restriction on the Internet citing social media platform being used to serve the interest of a section of people seeking to propagate anti-state sentiments.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on Tuesday said that militants use social media as a weapon. The court asked Sibal: “You appear for WhatsApp in some cases, can government ban it in a particular area?

Sibal said that it is a constitutional question, and the messages are end to end encrypted. “WhatsApp can’t see messages, one can only send messages to five at a time,” newsagency  IANS quoted Sibal as having said.

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