Facebook’s official, arrested for not complying with an order to share requested information from WhatsApp, has been released.
Facebook received good news from South America. An executive of the American social networking company was previously arrested for declining to provide details about Facebook users to law enforcers. He has now been released from jail.
The most senior official of Facebook in Latin America, Diego Dzodan, was released from jail in Sao Paulo on March 2, 2016 after spending a night in police custody due to the issuance of a warrant by a judge in Sergipe. The judge gave a ruling that his detention was wrong because he was personally not named in the court’s proceedings.
In Sergipe, another judge issued an arrest warrant by alleging Diego of his repeated failure to act according to a ruling to collaborate with a criminal investigation into organized crime and drug trafficking. Federal police’s spokeswoman in Sergipe Monica Horta said investigators asked for content from Facebook’s messaging app ‘WhatsApp’ and other data, including geo-location.
Investigators initially communicated with WhatsApp, which was purchased by Facebook in 2014, around four months ago but they have not responded yet, Monica stated. Starting two months ago, fine of $12,700 was imposed on WhatsApp on each day it ignored the order. Organization has not paid a fine up till now, which has increased to $250,000 recently, she stated.
Brazilian police claims that the company’s stance differs from Google, Yahoo and local telecoms that are always ready to share user details to aid investigations. Facebook’s WhatsApp has been launching out a so-called end-to-end encryption technology according to which only the recipient and sender can reach the message content. It claims it does not have the requested information.
The battle of Brazilian authorities with the social media service provider is similar to the FBI’s battle with Apple after its request that the smartphone maker crack the iPhone of a terrorist who killed people in San Bernardino.
The country casted itself as defender of internet freedom since the news sprouted that US National Security Agency was spying on President of Brazil, Dilma Rouseff, her close aides and commercial interests in Brazil, including the state controlled company, Petrobas.
Dilma cancelled her official tour to the United States during a diplomatic battle over the revelations, the outcome of leaks by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden. Dilma also promised to offer more local internet facilities to not depend on the US.
In December, Brazilian authorities also battled with the social network when a ruling compelled the telecommunication service providers of the country to suspend the American messaging service due to its refusal to help a police investigation.
This shut down communications for most of its users, almost 100 million, in the country for half a day. CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to the move by stating he was “stunned” by the “extreme decision”.