Delhi Police-The criminal branch of Delhi Police had asked Google for details on the chat regarding the January 2020 violence at JNU. For this, the police wrote a letter to the company about 33 members of two WhatsApp groups.
In response to this, Google said that mutual legal assistance can be granted under a treaty and for this a formal court request is required.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police Crime Branch wrote to Google to provide information on 33 members of two WhatsApp groups in the wake of the January 2020 violence at JNU. In responding to this, Google said these details can only be provided by the police under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) after receiving the Letter of Request, i.e. the court order. .
On January 5 last year, around 100 masked men armed with sticks ransacked Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for nearly four hours, injuring 36 students, teachers and staff. The case was transferred to the Criminal Division after the registration of an FIR, but no arrests have been made so far.
Refuse to share WhatsApp details
Police had written to WhatsApp and Google for details of the messages, photos and videos shared by 33 students and members of two WhatsApp groups “Unity Against the Left” and “Friends of RSS”. WhatsApp declined to share the details, and Google recently sent a response, saying the information relates to services provided by Google, that the company operates in the United States, and is governed by United States law. is.
Data security assurance
The company said it would keep the data secure but would only share it after receiving the letter of request under the MLAT. According to the police source, in such cases, Google follows diplomatic procedures established between the jurisdiction requesting the data and the US government.
The letter rogatory is a formal request from a foreign court seeking legal aid in the context of an investigation into an institution in another country. MLAT is an agreement between two or more countries to collect and exchange information for the purpose of enforcing public or criminal laws.
33 people’s email addresses have been shared with Google
police shared the email addresses of 33 students and members of two WhatsApp groups to Google. According to sources, investigators had to do so because no WhatsApp groups were found in the phones of the students questioned in connection with the incident. This suggests that the suspects likely deleted their chats. According to sources, police believe sharing the backup of Google’s WhatsApp messages will facilitate the investigation.