Microsoft’s Skype and Facebook’s Whats App and other app-based messaging services are facing increased regulation as the European Commission makes plans to update its privacy rules.CIO reports on a leaked legislative draft, revealing While the Commission refused to comment on the leaked draft, it did reveal that adaptions to the data protection regulation will come into force in 2018.A press release from Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said Bryan J.
Smartphone apps were a relatively new phenomenon at that time.
Over-the-top messaging services such as Skype and Whats App, which run on top of an internet connection, were not part of our everyday lives.
23, 2016, via Twitter and the two began an on-and-off three-month online flirtation, during which she told him that she was a high school student and he told her she was "kinda sorta gorgeous," authorities said in court filings.
Weiner flirted with the high school girl over Twitter, Facebook Messenger and confidential texting and photosharing apps like Snapchat, Kik and Confide, where the messages are deleted after they are viewed.
This means apps will have to guarantee confidentiality and obtain users’ consent before intercepting or monitoring messaging communications, or indeed users’ location data.
Business Insider notes that fines will be severe: This is great news for the user.
Since then, their use has exploded and use of over-the-top messaging services has overtaken SMS over the last year or so.
According to CIO: So we find ourselves in a position today where web companies are more lightly regulated than telecoms operators, even though their apps are more widely used for voice calls and to send messages.
Can we expect privacy regulations to evolve more quickly in the future?
Or will they continue to lag some way behind, playing catch-up while disruptive companies continue to bring out novel electronic communication technologies and tools?
The existing EU communications privacy legislation, the e Privacy Directive, was last updated more than seven years ago, in 2009.