Impossible To Ban App-based Game Like Blue Whale, Centre Tells Supreme Court

Team SoOLEGAL 21 Nov 2017 12:50pm

Impossible To Ban App-based Game Like Blue Whale, Centre Tells Supreme Court

The Union Government of India told the apex court that it is not possible to ban online game like Blue Whale. The Centre expressed its helplessness to curb the menace of Blue Whale challenge, a deadly online game that has causes lives of many teenagers, saying it was technically not possible to develop a mechanism to block it.

Appearing before the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, attorney general KK Venugopal contended that the centre had conducted many brain-storming sessions with scientists, information technology experts, internet and social media companies but the solution of the problem remained elusive.

The central government said that it did not technological know-how to block the online game, saying “it is believed that Blue Whale game was being communicated by one-to-one communication through encrypted/ secretive communication links". Hence it is difficult to identify, intercept and analyze the contents.

"Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology approached leading academic, R&D institutions, cyber security organisations like Indrapastha Institute of Information Technology, CDAC, Amrita University, Indian Computer Emergency Response Team(CRET-In), Data Security Council of India(DSCI) etc to find out as to how children are accessing this game and what is the source of information. Base on their responses, MEIT was not able to find any absolute information about the source of information and the availability of the game on internet/ social media," the government said in its affidavit. [Inputs TOI] 

Tagged: Blue Whale   Supreme Court   Union Government   Justice   Online Game  
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