In Brazil, a judge penalized Facebook’s local branch a sum of $11.6 million over the company’s denial to submit data from its WhatsApp messenger program to a police investigation.
The verdict was dispensed by a judge in the northern state of Amazonas. It affirmed that Facebook was not efficacious in meeting its authorized responsibilities.
Brazil Penalizes Facebook for Presenting Disrespect to its Institutions
The district attorney stated that it has fined Facebook by freezing company’s funds because the social media giant has been non-cooperative and futile to abide by the court’s petition to provide WhatApp chat logs associated to a criminal inquiry.
But, it has been impotent to do so due to the lately announced 256-bit end-to-end encryption. Facebook Brasil has “shown great disrespect for Brazilian organizations,” prosecutors added.
The Brazilian government is resolute on getting access to communications between criminal defendants. Whereas on the other hand, Facebook upholds that it has presented end-to-end encryption to value and defend each individual’s privacy. Therefore, it supports freedom of communication and cannot give the prerequisite evidence.
“In recent months, people from all across Brazil have rejected judicial blocks of services like WhatsApp. Indiscriminate steps like these threaten people’s ability to communicate, to run their businesses, and to live their lives. As we’ve said in the past, we cannot share information we don’t have access to.”
A WhatsApp spokesperson informed.
Earlier the court banned the messaging service for a time period of 72 hours. But in the latest ban it witnessed the court inculcating the telecom operators until further notice block the service from functioning. Though, the recurrent closures have infuriated the 100 million Brazilian manipulators who use the free messaging service on daily basis.
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