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'WhatsApp messages can be traced without diluting encryption'

'WhatsApp messages can be traced without diluting encryption'

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With India pressing for traceability of WhatsApp messages to check the spread of fake news, a member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) has stressed that the issue can be easily resolved without diluting end-to-end encryption and affecting the privacy of users.

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"If WhatsApp says it is not technically possible to show the originator of the message, I can show that it is possible," said V. Kamakoti, while delivering a lecture at Indian Council of World Affairs here on Wednesday.
The National Security Advisory Board advises the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on security matters.

"When a message is sent from WhatsApp, the identity of the originator can also be revealed along with the message. So the message and the identity of the creator can be seen only by the recipient. When that recipient forwards the message, his/her identity can be revealed to the next recipient," said Kamakoti, a professor at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras.

The NSAB member added that as per court ruling, those who forward a harmful message can also be held responsible in certain cases.

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