A decision by a country judge nearly suspended Facebook’s Whatsapp program in Brazil which prompted legal concerns on web companies in the rapidly-growing market.
Judge Luiz Correia ordered telecommunications operators to suspend Whatsapp access, alleging that the firm failed to cater to subpoenas on information related to a recent police probe.
The near-suspension of Whatsapp, one of the most downloaded mobile app in Brazil, highlights the legal problems and issues that American web companies facie in shielding the privacy of users all over the globe.
Court officials and law enforcement didn’t provide further details on the information they need from the app. The firm said previously that the app immediately removes messages from its servers after reaching its recipients.
In addressing some aspects of the conflict, the Brazilian government passed on an online law called Marco Civil in 2014.
Brazil is one of the biggest markets in the world outside the U.S. for Twitter, Facebook, and Google.