What happens on Watsapp stays in Watsapp?

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Darshan H D, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

The recent Apple vs. FBI case was an example of the company having to deal with dilemmas like choosing between security and privacy. The case has helped organisation have different strategic alternatives to avoid this dilemma.

Watsapp now displays messages saying “Messages you send to this chat and calls are secured with end-to-end encryption.” This means that no one including the government authorities or the company personnel are able to get the data in these chats. This is a major leap towards protecting the privacy of the people. But there might be hindrances between different governments with respect to these cases.

Even though on outer side it looks like company is protecting the privacy of people, the implication is a little different. This is implement to avoid the situation of the ethical dilemma. If the data is available with the company then it can be accessed by any organisation with warrants from the court. SO effectively the company is avoid this ethical dilemma of choosing between two difficult options. This law in fact makes the job of the government officials harder than ever.




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