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Ladakh diktat to WhatsApp group administrators — register yourself with police, bring photos

A senior police officer said the practice of registering WhatsApp groups predated the bifurcation of J&K but residents dispute the claim. 
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Can Modi govt know who you text? Should FB be liable for your posts? We’ll know in Jan 2020

Apart from deciding on end-to-end encryption for chats, the amended IT Rules will also decide on what content belongs on the internet.

FireChat, Bridgefy see massive rise in downloads amid internet shutdowns during CAA protests

Data reveals that Delhi showed the most interest in FireChat and Bridgefy in the seven-day period beginning 12 December.
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Spying or hacking — nothing is hurting WhatsApp’s status as India’s top messaging app

Data with Sensor Tower shows WhatsApp was most downloaded app in November, the month the Pegasus scandal broke, and continues to remain India’s most popular app.
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Parliament panel asks Facebook, WhatsApp to step up action on women & child abuse content

The committee, chaired by BJP’s Heena Gavit and featuring 20 women MPs, was not satisfied with the social media giant’s answers.
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Why Kashmiris are mysteriously losing their WhatsApp accounts

Some Kashmiris living in other states have taken to social media platforms to share screenshots of people from the Valley leaving WhatsApp groups.
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Telegram, Signal, WhatsApp — what Gandhis, Kejriwal, Badals use to keep their calls private

Privacy concerns & new technologies have ushered in a new era of exchanges between politicians, with many now opting for apps offering better levels of encryption.
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WhatsApp, in letter to Modi govt, expresses ‘regret’ over Pegasus snooping issue

WhatsApp said it will ensure better safety measures after it confirmed last month that Pegasus spyware was used to spy on Indian journalists and human rights activists through its app.
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WhatsApp snooping issue divides Shashi Tharoor-headed Parliament panel

Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology reportedly got into a row over taking up the WhatsApp snooping issue.
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Army wants officers to deactivate Facebook accounts, stay away from WhatsApp

The Indian Army advisory says WhatsApp is a vulnerable platform and Facebook has turned out to be a crucial source of collecting intelligence.

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We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

Defence

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Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.