Off late there have been many cases which have been coming out where governments and security agencies have been roughing up on social media companies and employees over access to data. These incidents have often been very common and have been brought to light only after the major Apple controversy that happened recently as Apple and the US government are at odds over sharing the data. However, not every country is as liberal as the US when it comes to non-compliance with official orders, as the Facebook VP for Latin America has been arrested in Brazil over denying the police the access to data.
Federal Police of Brazil have arrested Diego Dzodan, the vice president of Facebook for Latin America on Tuesday. The arrest came after the company refused to co-operate with government orders over revealing data from WhatsApp which was related to a drug-trafficking case.
The company has officially issued a statement over this arrest, and has said that this is an “extreme and disproportionate measure,” they further said that Facebook “has always been and will be available to address any questions Brazilian authorities may have.”
WhatsApp is the most commonly used app in Brazil, with over 93% of the Android phones in Brazil running the app. Mark Zuckerberg too, commented on this, stating that this was indeed an extreme move from the authorities. He said that he was “stunned that our efforts to protect people’s data would result in such an extreme decision.”
“WhatsApp cannot provide information we do not have. We co-operated to the full extent of our ability in this case,” a spokesperson for the messaging service said in an email.
Off late, pressure has been mounting on the social media companies from governments across the world to reveal data. Brazil has been quite harsh against top names in the world of internet technology, as the country had earlier arrested a top Google official after the company did not take down the YouTube video of a mayor candidate being attacked.