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The Union government is likely to cite the WhatsApp snooping controversy to push through with its plan to compel digital companies to store data of Indian users locally(REUTERS)

Government to push localisation of data after snooping row

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen and Rajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2019 03:29 AM IST
WhatsApp acknowledged the flaw in its system as part of a vulnerability disclosure to American authorities published on May 14 and told the Indian government that 121 Indians had been targeted in a communication in September.
WhatsApp has over 400 million users in India.(REUTERS Photo)
WhatsApp has over 400 million users in India.(REUTERS Photo)

WhatsApp expresses ‘regret’ over Pegasus snooping row, writes to government

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2019 09:18 PM IST
According to WhatsApp, the spyware was developed by Israel-based NSO Group and had been used to snoop on about 1,400 users globally, including 121 users from India.
The government can monitor digital information.(File Photo)
The government can monitor digital information.(File Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 9 pm: Empowered to monitor digital information in public interest, says govt and all the latest news at this hour

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2019 08:57 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9 pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The government can monitor digital information.(File Photo)
The government can monitor digital information.(File Photo)

Empowered to intercept, monitor digital information in public interest: Govt

Bloomberg | By Archana Chaudhary
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 04:42 PM IST
Information can only be intercepted by “authorised agencies as per due process of law, and subject to safeguards as provided in the rules,” the statement by G. Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of State for Home, said.
The probe panel to investigate phone hacking complaints of Chhattisgarh-based right activists has been asked to submit its report in one month.(Reuters File Photo)
The probe panel to investigate phone hacking complaints of Chhattisgarh-based right activists has been asked to submit its report in one month.(Reuters File Photo)

Chhattisgarh CM forms panel to probe WhatsApp privacy breach

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2019 02:36 AM IST
Several rights activists, lawyers, and journalists on October 1 said that they had been identified as targets of phone hack aimed at snooping on them. It came a day after messaging services company WhatsApp went public with allegations against the NSO Group, which is known mostly as Pegasus, for having misused its platform to aid spying on around 1,400 people globally.
Ravi Shankar Prasad sent out a strong message saying India takes privacy seriously.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Ravi Shankar Prasad sent out a strong message saying India takes privacy seriously.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Data imperialism is not acceptable: Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2019 02:33 AM IST
The comments assume significance in the backdrop of recent disclosures by messaging giant WhatsApp that said Indian journalists and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using an Israeli spyware Pegasus.
The Pegasus spyware of the nso group can hack both iOS and Android devices by targeting vulnerabilities in the operating systems. It is capable of running in the background without the targeted user ever knowing about the hack(REUTERS)
The Pegasus spyware of the nso group can hack both iOS and Android devices by targeting vulnerabilities in the operating systems. It is capable of running in the background without the targeted user ever knowing about the hack(REUTERS)

Why there cannot be any national security without individual privacy | Analysis

By Apar Gupta
PUBLISHED ON NOV 04, 2019 06:00 AM IST
NSO-Pegasus case: Set up an independent inquiry panel and conduct its proceedings transparently
Several human rights activists, lawyers and journalists in India came forward on Thursday to say that they had been identified as targets of Whatsapp hack.(REUTERS Photo)
Several human rights activists, lawyers and journalists in India came forward on Thursday to say that they had been identified as targets of Whatsapp hack.(REUTERS Photo)

WhatsApp sent second alert in September, informed 121 Indians may have been targeted

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Madhukalya
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2019 07:53 AM IST
The two alerts – one in May and the September communication – were reiterated in the response, which was sent ahead of the November 4 deadline set by the government, this person said, asking not to be named.
WhatsApp has been given time till November 4 to respond, and the government will decide on the future course of action once it receives a reply from the company.(REUTERS Photo)
WhatsApp has been given time till November 4 to respond, and the government will decide on the future course of action once it receives a reply from the company.(REUTERS Photo)

Govt has no dealings with Israel firm behind WhatsApp snoopgate, says official: Report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2019 06:12 AM IST
The source said there has been no dealing between the government and the NSO, and that the fight is between NSO and WhatsApp. The Indian government is concerned only because Indian names are involved, the source said.
WhatsApp said that it wanted to work with the Indian government to safeguard the privacy of its Indian users. (Representative image)(REUTERS Photo)
WhatsApp said that it wanted to work with the Indian government to safeguard the privacy of its Indian users. (Representative image)(REUTERS Photo)

‘Notified govt about security issue in May’: WhatsApp on snooping row

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2019 09:15 AM IST
On Thursday, WhatsApp said Indian citizens, including former Union minister Praful Patel and former Lok Sabha MP Santosh Bharatiya, were among the those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using a spyware called Pegasus, developed by Israel-based NSO Group.
A 32-year-old diplomatic correspondent in New Delhi received a curious call from a Toronto-based group called Citizen Lab last month.(REUTERS)
A 32-year-old diplomatic correspondent in New Delhi received a curious call from a Toronto-based group called Citizen Lab last month.(REUTERS)

Govt seeks WhatsApp’s reply after Indians targeted in spyware attack

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 07:05 PM IST
A WhatsApp spokesperson confirmed to Hindustan Times that the targets of the attack in India and other parts of Africa, Europe, Middle East and North America included journalists and activists.
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