Privacy Nightmare: CM Sindh Makes WhatsApp Groups for Cabinet, Ministries

It’s been a few days since the new Chief Minister of Sindh, Murad Ali Shah, took hold of his office. He is being called the “fresh blood”, which has been missing from the Sindh government’s leadership for quite some time now.

Murad Ali Shah took oath three days ago after being elected by the Sindh Assembly and within the first few days of taking hold of his office, the new CM has created WhatsApp group which includes members of Sindh Assembly’s cabinet and ministries.

The step has been taken to show off that the new CM is more tech savvy and knows of the modern ways of communication. But does he really?

Chatting in a Whatsapp Group About Government affairs is a privacy nightmare

The issue is that they are going to hold government level conversations on an online chatting app which is known to divulge secrets or make copies of it. After all, it’s owned by Facebook. We recently heard that even secure chats were not being removed from WhatsApp servers after being deleted by the user.

Do such conversations take place on consumer level apps anywhere around the world? No. There is a reason why they aren’t, there’s a lack of privacy and secrecy on such apps.

If they really did feel the need to modernize the cabinet, they could have gone for a company which offers secure communication technologies, like Blackberry Enterprise Services. There are several others in the word which are known to offer enterprise level security and never reveal their data to anyone.

Secondly, most of the cabinet still consists of old people who have just been reshuffled. Do those people have the knowledge and understanding to communicate using smartphones and messaging apps? Or will they just handover the task to their staff who would have complete access to all the information in the group.

Whatsapp Group is arguably the worst and could be the last possible solution for official communication

What if someone from the group accidentally adds someone who is not meant to be in the group. That person would be able to view all of the conversations until someone notices that an unauthorized person was in the group.

What do you think? Is creating a WhatsApp group for Sindh Cabinet really a risk to national security or not a big deal? Let us know of your views in the comments below.

Via: ARY News

He is the Editor at ProPakistani.