Messenger messaging service provider – WhatsApp and Instagram have raised some problems in Europe. Following our publication, there is now an interference by the Irish agency.
The Irish Data Protection Commission, concerned about the possibility of merging the three services under one umbrella, called for an immediate explanation regarding the content of this hypothetical measure.
The hypothesis confirmed and disclosed initially by the New York Times, however, transmitted by the mainstream media. Shortly thereafter, the first manifestations of concern about the content of the measure appeared.
Europe is beginning to examine Facebook plans
The case becomes important, given that this is a committee that regulates the functioning of Facebook in the European Union. Therefore, his cry for clarification will not remain unnoticed by Marc Zuckerberg's social network.
In its petition, the body recognizes that Facebook's plans are still in their initial phase. That is, the exact outline of the possible merger of Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger chat platforms are not yet known.
However, this entity requires some prior guarantees to be able to study the impact of such a measure in Europe. More specifically, seeking assurances that such a measure would not violate the provisions of the GDPT, the General Data Protection Regulation.
The possible merger of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger
The proposed merger of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger has been criticized in Europe as well as in the United States. It is certain that both the pillars of influence will be careful about Facebook's design and its consequences.
Good for encryption, but bad for competition and privacy. https://t.co/inYdBasp2V
– Brian Shatz (@brianschatz) January 27, 2019
If such a measure is put into practice, there will be no real competition between Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger. However, all three of these companies belong to the same group, Facebook.
With more integration or merging between the three chat services, the Facebook group will also gain a strong monopoly position. Conducting together, from one enterprise, the three largest communications services today.
What will be the impact on users?
However, and also raises concerns in Europe, WhatsApp is the only end-to-end encryption service. This means that the content of the messages can be known only by the sender and the recipient.
If this service (WhatsApp) is effectively added to other chat services, new issues arise. Will they all (Instagram and Facebook Messenger) begin to enjoy encryption? On the other hand, will you reject all three of this surplus value? Finally, in the opposite situation, WhatsApp will offer something more than its competitors?