WhatsApp blocked in Brazil for 72 hours due to ongoing encrypted data request dispute

WhatsApp users in Brazil have been cut off from using the app for 72 hours following its failure to comply with a court order to turn over data relating to a criminal investigation.

According to The Intercept, the ruling was  issued on April 26 and took effect at 2 p.m. local time May 2nd.

The ban itself is being implemented by having the country’s five largest internet service providers block WhatsApp data for the duration of the blackout period, with any carriers who violate the order subject to a fine of 500,000 reals ($140,000).

News of the dispute first gained global attention in March when Brazillian authorities arrested a Facebook, Inc. executive (WhatsApp is fully owned by Facebook but run as a separate company) and relates to a request for detailed logs of chat conversations of suspects in an organized crime and drug-trafficking investigation.

While the Facebook executive was subsequently released, WhatsApp has still not complied with the order simply because it…

Read the entire article from SiliconAngle here: WhatsApp blocked in Brazil for 72 hours due to ongoing encrypted data request dispute

 



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