EU countries fail to agree on privacy rules governing WhatsApp, Skype

EU countries fail to agree on privacy rules governing WhatsApp, Skype
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  • calendar-gray 22 November 2019

EU efforts to create a level playing field between telecoms operators and Facebook’s WhatsApp and Microsoft (MSFT.O) unit Skype stalled on Friday after member countries failed to agree on the scope of proposed rules, APA reports quoting Reuters. 

The European Commission kicked off the process two years ago with its proposal for an ePrivacy regulation which would ensure that tech companies offering online messaging and email services would be subjected to the same tough rules as telecoms providers. 

Disagreements between EU countries on complex issues such as rules for cookies tracking users’ online activities, provisions on detecting and deleting child pornography and consent requirements however have stymied the process.

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