Logo

Defender of your Digital Freedom

Home > Freedom of Speech > Our Statement on the WhatsApp Surveillance Issue
surveillance, whatsapp, privacy, free speech

Our Statement on the WhatsApp Surveillance Issue

Oct 31,2019 | 02:22 pm

Our Statement on the WhatsApp Surveillance Issue

The use of sophisticated surveillance technology by governments violates basic human rights of privacy and free speech on the Internet. Vulnerable groups including journalists, minorities and lawyers rely on end-to-end encryption technology, like the one offered by WhatsApp, to remain secure online. Targeting journalists, academics and civil society by using surveillance technology, compromises constitutional and democratic principles on which our nation is built. Governments should refrain from using such methods which affect the security infrastructure the Internet is built on. At SFLC.in we’ve always argued that the Indian government must introduce comprehensive surveillance reform law to protect the rights of citizens. A few years back, we wrote a report on surveillance in India highlighting some major issues. We also conduct Digital Security Trainings for vulnerable groups such as – journalists and minorities to spread awareness about digital security practices such as encryption over the web – emails, browsers and texting apps.

To support our work on fighting for privacy and security online, you may donate to us at – https://sflc.in/donate.

SC judgment – Safeguards for shutdown, limited relief for Kashmir

SC judgment – Safeguards for shutdown, limited relief for Kashmir The Supreme Court pronounced judgment in Anuradha Bhasin v UoI ...

Our Statement on Delhi High Court’s Dismissal of the Public Interest Litigation Challenging Internet Shutdown in Delhi

Our Statement on Delhi High Court’s Dismissal of the Public Interest Litigation Challenging Internet Shutdown in Delhi On 24.12.2019, the ...

Report Launch: The Future of Intermediary Liability in India

Report Launch: The Future of Intermediary Liability in India SFLC.IN is releasing a report on Intermediary Liability titled “Future of ...

A Detailed Analysis of the Swami Ramdev v. Facebook Judgment

Statement: At SFLC.in we believe that ordering intermediary platforms to take down content globally, negatively impacts freedom of expression online, ...

Del. HC Orders for Global Take Down of Content

Delhi High Court Approves Take Down of Content Globally Asks Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter to remove defamatory content from ...

CJEU rules that search engines cannot be asked to de-list information globally under EU right to be forgotten requests

CJEU rules that search engines cannot be asked to de-list information globally under EU right to be forgotten requests On ...

Any regulation of online speech in India must safeguard the rights to free speech and privacy

Unlike the US, free speech in India is not absolute. Our Constitution, while guaranteeing the freedom of speech and expression, ...

Google v. Visakha: Final Arguments

In 2009, Visakha Industries, a construction company involved in the manufacturing of asbestos cement sheets, filed a criminal defamation case ...

Submission on Surveillance Industry and Human Rights to the UN Special Rapporteur

UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression had invited comments ...

SFLC.in Shortlised for 2019 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards

SFLC.in has been nominated for 2019 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards. In total, 16 nominees were selected from ...