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[Update] Brazil Supreme Court scraps ruling blocking Whatsapp

[Update] Brazil Supreme Court scraps ruling blocking Whatsapp

Brazil

Brazil’s Supreme Court has scrapped a ruling blocking Whatsapp nationwide.

A Brazilian judge had earlier on Tuesday blocked access to WhatsApp indefinitely after the company failed to hand over information requested in a criminal investigation.

The office of Judge Daniela Barbosa Assunção de Souza in Rio de Janeiro reportedly said the order, affecting more than 100 million users throughout Brazil, will be lifted once Facebook surrenders data.

WhatsApp also faces fines of 50,000 reais ($15,300) per day until it complies with the judge’s orders.

It is the third time the popular phone messaging app had been blocked since December.

WhatsApp says it cannot comply with the order as messages sent over the app are not stored on its servers.

WhatsApp introduced end-to-end encryption which ensures that messages can be read only by the person it is intended for and the person who sends it.

Brazil has the world’s fourth largest internet population, with many relying on WhatsApp because making mobile calls is expensive.

Reuters