Public policy director Facebook India, south and central, Asia Ankhi Das appeared in front of a parliamentary panel probing regarding the WhatsApp snooping scandal. According to the sources, Facebook-owned social media communication has end-to-end encryption that makes it difficult to access the communication between its two users “unlikely from its end.”
The parliamentary standing committee on Information Technology, which is headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, called the cybersecurity experts to know their views about their concern of citizens’ data security and privacy.
The notice of the meeting had also summoned some non-official witnesses of the WhatsApp snooping row, which also included BJP’s former organizational secretary Govindacharya. Representatives of WhatsApp and the officials of Telecom and Union Home Ministry and Delhi chief secretary were also summoned by the panel.
In a letter to the panel’s members, Shashi Tharoor in his letter to the panel’s members said that “Cybersecurity is a major issue on our agenda” and “we are definitely going to take this up under that rubric. And we will be seeking clarifications from the government.”
Ankhi Das, who represented WhatsApp, informed the panel that it is unlikely to breach the end-to-end encryption of the social media platform from its end.
In October 2019, Israeli spyware Pegasus targeted Indian journalists and human rights activists, which went to question the privacy of Facebook and its other social media platforms.