DPC – Irish Data Protection Commission warned Facebook over the idea of integrating their chat services e.g Instagram, Whatsapp, and Messenger. They are asking Facebook to provide it with an urgent briefing on the proposals. Dublin-headquartered Irish watchdog said in a statement that he has understood the plan was at its “very early conceptual stage“.
Moreover, he added in a statement on Monday that
While we understand that Facebook’s proposal to integrate the Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp platforms is at a very early conceptual stage of development, the Irish Data Protection Commission has asked Facebook Ireland for an “urgent briefing” on what is being proposed.
The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinizing Facebook’s plans as they develop, particularly insofar as they involve the sharing and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies, he said.
The New York Times reported on 25th of January that Facebook will provide end to end encryption to its apps but didn’t provide a timeline when this actually be implemented. But the Messenger and Instagram will continue to operate as stand-alone applications.
The Irish watchdog said that
previous proposals to share data between Facebook apps have given rise to significant data protection concerns and the Irish Data Protection Commission will be seeking early assurances that all such concerns will be fully taken into account by Facebook in further developing this proposal.
It must be emphasized that ultimately the proposed integration can only occur in the EU if it is capable of meeting all of the requirements of the GDPR,
According to TheVerge, Facebook got highest users than any other application so by combining it’s all social media apps it could compete with the Apple’s iMessage and Google‘s messaging applications.
If Facebook integrates WhatsApp with it’s less secured apps which don’t have end to end encryption then WhatsApp’s end to end encryption feature which is the hallmark of the users security could go for a toss