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EU mulls stricter controls on WhatsApp, Skype

The European Commission is set to recommend tighter privacy and security for services like Facebook-owned message service WhatsApp and Microsoft's video phone portal SkypeThe European Union will in September propose subjecting internet services like WhatsApp and Skype to similar rules as traditional telecommunications companies, a spokesman said Wednesday. The European Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation bloc, is set to recommend tighter privacy and security for services like Facebook-owned message service WhatsApp and Microsoft’s video phone portal Skype. Spokesman Christian Wigand said that “we can confirm that the commission is working on an update of EU telecoms rules” next month to “ensure a high level of protection for people and a level playing field for all market players”.

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