WhatsApp sues Indian government over new rule that forces them to hand over private information about their users to government

WhatsApp sues Indian government over new rule that forces them to hand over private information about their users to government



WhatsApp has sued the Indian government in a bid to block new rules it says would lead to "mass surveillance" by forcing social media platforms to hand over private information about their users.


The company owned by Facebook, confirmed Wednesday, May 26, that the lawsuit has has been filed with the Delhi High Court.


The lawsuit is an attempt to stop strict rules that are supposed to take effect Wednesday in India.


The new rules demand that social media companies create special roles in India to keep them in compliance with local law, and to stay in contact with law enforcement 24/7.


New rules also require that social media companies remove posts that feature "full or partial nudity."


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