Govt. exempts social media from Encryption policy


New Delhi: Shortly after a controversy aroused over government’s proposal to investigate on every message that an individual will send via Whats App, Sms, or Google Hangouts, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology clarified in a draft that social media websites and applications will be exempted from the purview of the Encryption Policy.

According to the draft there are certain categories of encryption products that will be exempted from the purview of the draft national encryption policy.

The mass-use encryption products, which are currently being used in web applications, social media sites, and social media applications such as Whats App, Facebook, Twitter etc are being exempted from the purview of the draft National Encryption Policy and this policy posted on the department’s website.

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