WhatsApp, Skype set to come under new EU security rules: draft

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Messaging services such as Microsoft's Skype and Facebook's WhatsApp face stricter rules on how they handle customer data under new security laws due to be proposed by the European Union, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. Telecoms firms have long complained that companies such as Alphabet Inc's Google, Microsoft and Facebook are more lightly regulated, despite offering similar services. The phone companies have called for European Union rules specific to telecoms firms – known as the e-privacy directive – either to be repealed or extended to everyone.

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