Govt of India has proposed the officials of Whatsapp to tag each message with an alpha-numeric hash as a solution to break the impasse over the traceability of the messages. The hash, travelling with the message, can be used to trace the message without breaking the app’s encryption. “The govt is willing to work with WhatsApp to come up with a solution to enable traceability of message originators without breaking encryption,” ET quoted an official.
WhatsApp has announced that it has added a new security layer for its desktop and web app. Users will now need to use biometric authentication to link their WhatsApp account to a new laptop before scanning the QR code from the phone. One needs to use either their face or fingerprint unlock to authenticate WhatsApp Web or desktop. It has also updated the UI by replacing the ‘+’ icon with “link a device”. The plan is to also add multi-device support.
The Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that WhatsApp’s business app has more than 50 mn users globally, of which 15 mn are from India. “We support more than 50 mn WhatsApp business app users globally every month already. And more than 15 mn of these are in India” Zuckerberg said while speaking in the event Facebook Fuel for India 2020. He also lauded India’s efforts of financial inclusion and praised UPI.