The Global Network Initiative is deeply concerned by a Brazilian court decision today to once again order a nation-wide blocking of the WhatsApp messaging service.
This judicial overreach denies some 100 million WhatsApp users access to a secure way to contact family members and friends, find employment, run their small businesses and access vital information.
This shutdown — ordered for three days — follows the temporary block of WhatsApp in December last year, and the troubling arrest of an executive from WhatsApp parent company Facebook in March. That arrest was in response to the same ongoing court dispute over law enforcement access to customer data that was cited as the basis for today’s shutdown order.
For further information, read GNI’s previous statements on the arrest and prior suspension of the WhatsApp service.
ABOUT THE GLOBAL NETWORK INITIATIVE
The Global Network Initiative (GNI) was launched in 2008. Our mission is to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy rights in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector by setting a global standard for responsible decision making and serving as a multistakeholder voice in the face of government restrictions and demands. GNI members include ICT companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), academics and academic institutions, and investors from around the world. See the full list of GNI members and observers.