Brussels wants to wiretap WhatsApp and Skype

The European Commission wants to increase the monitoring of communication services like Skype and WhatsApp. According to the British Financial Times, it’s making privacy and security rules for tech companies as Microsoft (Skype) and Facebook (WhatsApp).

However, Brussels would want to dictate rules on how companies can earn money on user data. The revision of the rules will be done on the agenda in September. The newspaper refers to internal documents of the authorities in Brussels. In addition to Facebook and Microsoft, stricter rules rationally would also be applied to competitors such as Google and other, mostly American companies.

The stricter supervision of US tech companies would lobby success of the European telecoms sector. Companies such as Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Vodafone have been complaining for years that they as network providers are subject to stricter rules than Internet service providers. The telecom companies are therefore calling for equal lines and preferably for a relaxation of the rules.

Even though there is more dissatisfaction with the way American companies make money with online communication, without coming up in networks have to invest. The tech companies refute these criticisms. They say that the use of mobile Internet has become more attractive just by their services to consumers, The TechNews reports.

The author: Michel DEURINCK

Michel Deurinck, born in Brussels in 1950, started his career in the Belgian civil service, dedicating over 30 years to public service. Upon retirement, he pursued his passion for journalism. Transitioning into this new field, he quickly gained recognition for his insightful reporting on politics and culture. Deurinck's balanced and thoughtful approach to journalism has made him a respected figure in Belgian media.

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