WhatsApp announced earlier this week that every message sent on the service is now totally secure. In fact, with the introduction of end-to-end encryption only people involved in the chat can read what’s being sent. Although WhatsApp fans will clearly like this idea, it might not go down so well with law enforcement agencies and global governments.
However, one country that could face the biggest issue is India. India has strict laws on encryption and it seems WhatsApp’s latest update breaks these tough rules. What makes this so serious for WhatsApp is that India has one of the world’s largest number of users, with over 100 million fans logging in to the service.
The Indian government has so far stayed tight-lipped on the subject as a total ban could cause outrage in the country, but it could block WhatsApp if it feels the messaging service is a threat to security. And it wouldn’t be the first time a tech company has got in trouble with Indian laws.