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5 Cops Suspended In Madhya Pradesh For Using WhatsApp During Ayodhya Duty

Monday, November 11, 2019, 8:37 AM

5 Cops Suspended In Madhya Pradesh For Using WhatsApp During Ayodhya Duty

Five-policemen were suspended after they were found chatting on WhatsApp while on duty in sensitive areas of Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur on the day of the SC's verdict in the Ayodhya case, an official said. The five personnel, all sepoys, were deployed in some sensitive city areas on Saturday in view of the top court's judgment in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya.

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WhatsApp can't start payments business, RBI tells SC

Friday, November 8, 2019, 10:04 AM

WhatsApp can't start payments business, RBI tells SC

As WhatsApp battles the Israeli spygate (Pegasus) controversy in India, the Reserve Bank of India has told the Supreme Court that the messaging platform, owned by Facebook, is non-compliant with data localisation norms and that it has directed National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to not allow a full-scale launch of a payments business by WhatsApp on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 7:52 PM

"Working To Stay Ahead With Updates, Patches": WhatsApp On Snooping Row

The kind of malware that led to the massive privacy-breach on WhatsApp in atleast 20-countries abuses vulnerabilities in operating systems of mobile phones, the messaging platform has said in a-fresh-statement, days after the snooping scandal came to light. "Unable to break end-to-end encryption, this kind of malware abuses vulnerabilities within the underlying operating systems that power our mobile phones," a-company-spokesperson said in a statement.

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Activist asks Indian court to order probe into WhatsApp over hacking scandal

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 8:17 AM

Activist asks Indian court to order probe into WhatsApp over hacking scandal

A right-wing social activist in India filed a petition asking the country's top court to order a probe into Facebook Inc and WhatsApp over revelations that a piece of spyware had exploited vulnerabilities in the popular messaging app to snoop on hundreds of devices. NSO has defended itself saying it only sells technology to government and intelligence agencies to counter terrorism and crime.

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Set Up Special Investigation Team Over WhatsApp Snooping Issue: NCP

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 7:57 AM

Set Up Special Investigation Team Over WhatsApp Snooping Issue: NCP

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today demanded setting up of an Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the illegal surveillance of some individuals in the country through WhatsApp using an Israeli-made spyware, and asked the Centre to publish a white paper on it. Mr Patil claimed Facebook had admitted some 40 people were subjected to snooping of which 14 are from Maharashtra.

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Draw up norms to have control over Google, Facebook, Twitter: Mohandas Pai

Monday, November 4, 2019, 8:54 PM

Draw up norms to have control over Google, Facebook, Twitter: Mohandas Pai

The likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter have become big monopolies and time has come for governments around the world to have a control over them, information technology industry veteran T V Mohandas Pai said. The former Chief Financial Officer of Infosys said government should through its probe agencies investigate the WhatsApp snooping scandal, come-out with a report and place it before the people.

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Two parliamentary panels to take up WhatsApp snooping case

Monday, November 4, 2019, 8:14 AM

Two parliamentary panels to take up WhatsApp snooping case

Two-parliamentary-panels headed by Congress-leaders have decided to examine the WhatsApp snooping-case and will seek details from top-government-officials including the Home Secretary. Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Thursday said Indian-journalists and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using an Israeli spyware Pegasus. The Home-Secretary is scheduled to brief the panel on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the next meeting.

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WhatsApp Sends Reply to Govt, Reiterates Had Notified Them In May

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 1:10 PM

WhatsApp Sends Reply to Govt, Reiterates Had Notified Them In May

After the Centre sought an explanation from WhatsApp over alleged Israeli spyware 'Pegasus' targeting Indian journalists and activists, the messaging platform said it notified India about "a security issue" in May and worked quickly to resolve it. "Since then we've worked to identify targeted users to ask the courts to hold the international spyware firm...NSO Group accountable," it added.

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Saturday, November 2, 2019, 8:16 AM

"Notified Indian Authorities In May": WhatsApp On Snooping Row

WhatsApp had informed Indian-authorities in May about a-privacy-breach that affected some users in the country and worked quickly to resolve it, the Facebook-owned company said in a statement a day after the government demanded an explanation. "Our highest-priority is the privacy and security of WhatsApp-users. In May we quickly resolved a-security-issue and notified relevant Indian and international government authorities," a-company-spokesperson said in a statement.

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Centre says it's worried, asks WhatsApp to explain

Friday, November 1, 2019, 11:13 AM

Centre says it's worried, asks WhatsApp to explain

The government asked WhatsApp to explain the snooping scandal after the Facebook-owned messaging app confirmed that Indian human rights activists and journalists were among those targeted by the Israeli spyware in a hacking spree. The government also asked WhatsApp what it was doing to safeguard the privacy of millions of Indian citizens.

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