A new EU law could be devastating for WhatsApp. Will the messenger soon be banned?

Dortmund – The large companies are getting bigger and bigger, especially on the Internet, while smaller corporations are often forgotten. There are actually many alternatives to the Messenger WhatsApp, such as Telegram or Threema, but the Meta (Facebook) app seems to have a monopoly. New digital laws for the EU should change that soon.

WhatsApp soon banned in Germany? New law applies

The laws and rules in the EU have no longer grown to the digital world, i.e. the Internet-at least the impression that the EU Commission proposed a large digital law package as early as December. At the end of March, such a law on digital markets was finally determined by EU institutions.

In the future, a law on digital markets (DMA) and one via digital services (DSA) should ensure more security online. While the DMA is supposed to limit the market power of digital giants such as Google, Facebook (Meta) and Amazon, the DSA is more devoted to social issues such as dealing with illegal content on the Internet. The latter is currently being negotiated even more precisely between the EU institutions, as reported, among other things, T3N.

New EU law for Facebook, WhatsApp and Co.: It gets easier for users

In principle, tech giants such as Meta or Google must adhere to certain prohibitions and specifications in the future. The companies should not be allowed to expand their position of power too much. For users, this means that pre -installed apps on end devices can be deleted more easily in the future and default settings can be changed faster.

In addition, clear user consent is to be introduced in several places. If a user does not agree, certain services should still remain usable. “This creates real alternatives between ‘paying with all data’ or not being able to use any services,” said the CDU member Andreas Schwab (CDU). He negotiated the DMA for the parliament.

However, child and youth protection has not yet been tightened in the DMA. There is currently no flat -rate ban on personalized advertising for this target group. In the DSA, this is exactly what is planned according to T3N (read more news about digital at DMA).

More competition for WhatsApp? EU law pushes Messenger into the corner

The new digital laws are particularly interesting: Messenger WhatsApp is also treated more strictly as the market leader. However, this could have many advantages for users. Because the app must also open up to other, smaller services in the future. In theory, users of messengers such as Signal or Threema could then also send messages and photos to their friends who only use WhatsApp.

However, the smaller companies decide whether they want this link at all. Basically, it would no longer be necessary for users to install WhatsApp to communicate with all friends.

A big disadvantage: This function should not be available for group chats for the time being. In order to ensure adequate security standards, this is planned very well in the future, says Schwab. In Group chats from WhatsApp there are other new functions. However, WHATSApp is currently also warned of a Milka fraud stitch, as heidelberg24.de* reports.

Doubt Delivered

More WhatsApp functions for users: New EU law probably only in 2024

But when exactly does the DMA come into force? The agreement must still be confirmed by the Council of the EU countries and the European Parliament-however, this step is considered a pure formal. Then the new digital laws must be published in the EU’s official gazette and then come into force 20 days later. That could happen in early 2023. After that, a transition period of six months applies.

Afterwards, the tech giants have another six months, the DMA requirements also implement-then it could be in 2024. However, the corporations also have concerns. For example, Apple expressed concern that some DMA’s regulations could create unnecessary data protection and security gaps for users. The new regulations do not yet seem to be completely in dry cloths. *DMA is like Heidelberg24.de part of the editorial network vonippen.media.

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