EU Mulls Stricter Controls on WhatsApp, Skype


The European Union will in September propose subjecting web administrations like WhatsApp and Skype to comparable tenets as customary broadcast communications organizations, a representative said Wednesday.

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The European Commission, the official arm of the 28-country coalition, is set to suggest more tightly protection and security for administrations like Facebook-claimed message administration WhatsApp and Microsoft's video telephone entrance Skype.

Representative Christian Wigand said that "we can affirm that the commission is taking a shot at an upgrade of EU telecoms rules" one month from now to "guarantee an abnormal state of assurance for individuals and a level playing field for all business sector players".

"The commission is examining to what degree supposed over-the-top administration suppliers (OTT) like WhatsApp and Skype are giving administrations that are proportional to those gave by customary telecoms administrators," Wigand said.

"The commission is thinking about whether the extent of the present EU controls should be adjusted, to keep up reliably abnormal amounts of purchaser assurance, security of systems and servers, and to guarantee that direction does not bend rivalry."

A Commission source told AFP that while it was important to "fortify advancement by new players" they needed to "ensure there were reasonable tenets for everybody".

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