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Brazil orders WhatsApp blocked for 72 hours

WhatsApp, Facebook’s messaging service that recently rolled out end-to-end encryption to its users, has been threatened with blocking in Brazil for 72 hours.


A judge from the small Brazilian state of Sergipe ordered telecom providers in the country to block WhatsApp today in a dispute over access to encrypted data. Judge Marcel Montalvao has ordered WhatsApp to turn over chat records related to a drug investigation, but WhatsApp has argued that it cannot access the chats in an unencrypted form and therefore cannot provide the required records to the court.

Local newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported that the ban would begin at 2 p.m. local time and that phone companies in the country would face fines if they did not comply.

WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum said via Facebook that the company doesn’t have the information that has been requested, nor does it plan to change its position on encryption.

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