A FORMER Facebook CEO has warned of a “privacy and security nightmare” for WhatsApp if major changes are made.
The EU wants to level the playing field so smaller apps stand a chance against giants like WhatsApp – but experts are deeply worried the move could cause all sorts of problems.
Under the proposals, WhatsApp and other messaging juggernauts would be forced to make their apps interoperable, meaning texts can be sent between different services.
To make this possible, end-to-end encrypted WhatsApp would have to open the gates to potentially less secure competitors.
The encryption, which protects texts from hackers and prying eyes, would be difficult to maintain between apps and might need to be weakened or removed, security experts say.
“How do you tell your phone who you want to talk to and how does the phone find that person?” Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former chief security officer, told The Verge.
“There’s no way to allow end-to-end encryption without trusting each vendor to handle identity management… If the goal is for all messaging systems to treat each other’s users exactly the same, then this is it.” a privacy and security nightmare.”
The head of WhatsApp has even sounded the alarm, hinting that we could see an explosion of spam, misinformation and hate speech as a result.
“I have grave concerns as to whether this will invade or seriously undermine privacy, whether it will undo much of our security work of which we are particularly proud, and whether it will actually lead to greater innovation and competitiveness,” said Will Cathcart versus platformers.
WhatsApp bans millions of accounts every month for trying to spread spam, but other apps may not be as effective, he warned.
“We’ve seen a lot of apps just go out there and market themselves as bulk messaging on the WhatsApp network,” he explained.
“What happens if one of them walks in and wants to interoperate?”
The new digital markets law would make any tech giant with a market cap of more than €75 billion (£63 billion/$83 billion) or a user base of more than 45 million people in the EU a gatekeeper.
Not only WhatsApp owners Meta are covered, but also Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple.
Those found violating “gatekeeper” rules could face a massive fine of up to 10 percent of their total global sales — and 20 percent for repeat violations.
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