WhatsApp Blocked For 72 Hours In Brazil
Starting the afternoon of May 3 the cross-platform mobile messaging app WhatsApp will be blocked for 72 hours in Brazil.
Telecome providers in the country have been ordered by a judge of small town Sergipe to block the Facebook’s messaging service in a dispute over access to encrypted data.
According to Judge Marcel Montalvao the chat records have to be turned on related to a drug investigation.
WhatsApp on its part said access to the chat history is not possible in an unencrypted form and so the company is unable to help in the investigation.
Local newspaper writes the ban would begin at 2 p.m. local time and fines will be implemented if the phone companies do not comply to the court order.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum said he has not yet received any request from the Brazilian court and also the company has no plan to change its position on encryption.
He said, “Yet again millions of innocent Brazilians are being punished because a court wants WhatsApp to turn over information we repeatedly said we don’t have. Not only do we encrypt messages end-to-end on WhatsApp to keep people’s information safe and secure, we also don’t keep your chat history on our servers.”