Skype and WhatsApp are going to be regulated in the EU

August 16, 2016

Skype and WhatsappWith the appearance of new technologies such as Skype and WhatsApp, there’s an alternative choosing traditional voice services or up-to-date substitution. But the problem is they still play by the same rules in Europe.

According to the Financial Times, the European Commission is going to propose setting for Skype and WhatsApp the same regulations that are used for traditional services.

It can lead to some consequences. Firstly, the services will have to enhance the security. Secondly, the new regulation may limit the actions regarding user’s data. Thirdly, emergency-service numbers will be provided in the near future.

The commission’s intention is to create the equal conditions for all communication services. The rules were being discussed from May till July by the Commission. Official announcement will be in September. The changes will replace some ideas in the “e-privacy directive” according to which it the use of location data by operators is restricted.

Nowadays it is unclear which features of the directive will influence the modern communication services and which one will not. As for the commission it is interested in deregulation.

Having made the proposals, the Commission offered to negotiate with the European Parliament. According to the FT, the United Kingdom will take part in the discussion but it will have limited influence because of Brexit.