A assembly of a parliamentary committee, headed by Congress chief Shashi Tharoor, was marked by sharp variations amongst its members over whether or not to take up the WhatsApp snooping issue or not, and the panel mentioned the matter solely after a vote in the favour.
Sources mentioned the casting vote of Tharoor in favour of taking up the issue, which has turn into a political row with opposition members elevating the matter in Parliament, sealed a long-heated dialogue, with secretaries to Home, and Electronics and Information Technology ministries being stored ready for over two hours.
With the panel members unable to reach at a conclusion, votes have been solid.
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Tharoor had earlier written a letter to the members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, saying the alleged use of know-how for snooping on Indian residents was a matter of “grave concern” and it will be mentioned at its assembly on Wednesday.
Senior authorities officers briefed its members on the issue of “Citizens’ data security and privacy”.
Earlier, Facebook-owned WhatsApp mentioned Indian journalists and human rights activists have been amongst these globally spied upon by unidentified entities, utilizing an Israeli spyware and adware — Pegasus.
WhatsApp expresses ‘regret’ over Pegasus snooping row
Earlier, prime official sources mentioned WhatsApp had written to the federal government expressing “regret” over the Pegasus snooping row, and has assured it that the social media large is taking all safety measures to handle issues.
The sources, who requested to not be named, mentioned the federal government has requested it to strengthen its safety wall, and that no extra breaches in the messaging platform shall be tolerated.