EU to crack down on online services such as WhatsApp over privacy

WhatsApp, Skype and other online messaging services face an EU crackdown aimed at safeguarding users’ privacy, in a move that highlights the gulf between Europe and the US in regulating the internet.The European commission will publish a draft law on data privacy that aims to ensure instant message and internet-voice-call services face similar security and privacy rules to those governing SMS text messages, mobile calls and landline calls. see:Brussels to tighten grip on web services in telecoms shake-up [registration]
Brussels will tighten its regulatory grip over online services such as WhatsApp and Skype in a radical overhaul of the EU’s rules on telecoms due out in September. Wants to Regulate Skype, WhatsApp Like Telcos: Report
The European Union is getting closer to executing a plan to extend telecom rules around security and privacy to web services like Skype and WhatsApp, according to a report by Reuters on Monday.

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