WhatsApp is working hard to keep users untraceable

WhatsApp is working hard to keep users untraceable. In an Indian courthouse, WhatsApp is contesting a case brought by two private individuals who’ve demanded that WhatsApp link accounts to India’s biometric ID number, called Aadhaar. The ID number is used by nearly all of India’s 1.4 billion residents. Analysts fear the case could set a precedent for social platforms operating in India that enables India’s nationalist government to force platforms to become surveillance tools. WhatsApp identifies users with a phone number and incorporates end-to-end message encryption with an eye toward completely anonymizing users and their communication, a feature that is valued by users for many different reasons. WhatsApp did not comment but it is deploying its top legal counsel, Brian Hennessy, to the hearing in India. Buzz Feed News