WhatsApp offline for three days in Brazil after court ruling

May

3

2016

A Brazilian federal judge has ruled that WhatsApp is removed from the air for 72 hours. Before that phone companies to block the service. The blockade imposed because WhatsApp is refusing to cooperate with a police investigation.

The decision was taken on April 26 by Judge Marcel Montalvão from Sergipe, the smallest state in the country to the northeast. The blockade is Monday, May 2nd examined at 14 hours local time. Police are looking for information about drug-related issues that were distributed by criminals using WhatsApp.

Telephone companies to make the blockade on penalty of 500,000 Brazilian reals per day, or about 124,000 euros, writes Folha de Sao Paulo. The telcos have shown to cooperate with the request, but in the meantime look for opportunities to get the requirement of the table.

Because WhatsApp messages are encrypted, can WhatsApp messages may not decrypt the authorities. This means that the company probably can not meet the requirement. WhatsApp has estimated that more than 93 million users in Brazil.

In mid-December last year laid a judge even though a blockade to force WhatsApp to release information. A few months later, on March 1 this year, the Brazilian police arrested the deputy director of the Latin American branch of Facebook and Instagram because WhatsApp then also refused to release information. Because WhatsApp has no office in the country, decided the judge that the local vice president of Facebook, therefore, but had to be arrested.

WhatsApp competitor Telegram reported on Twitter that the issue of verification codes has become overloaded by SMS.

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