Simon Singh in The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-Breaking writes, “If necessity is the mother of invention, then perhaps adversity is the mother of cryptanalysis.” The degree of digitization in our lives today is immense. While we applaud the easing of day-to-day tasks, the use of internet platforms also poses security challenges. This has led to a debate on the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. One of its key aspects has been the government’s requirement of chat apps such as WhatsApp and Signal to be “the first maker” of trace information on request. Some activists called it “social media policing”, although the Center said tracing the origin of messages would be necessary if required by a court or designated competent authority under India’s Information Technology Act. At first glance, we may be concerned that this rule violates our privacy and violates our fundamental rights as users of these platforms, but there is another aspect.