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Gmail, WhatsApp To Face Tougher EU Privacy Rules

Law360, New York (January 10, 2017, 2:01 PM EST) -- The European Union is beefing up its privacy rules for electronic communications to include web players such as WhatsApp, iMessage and Gmail, the union’s executive branch announced on Tuesday.

The commission’s e-privacy regulations currently apply only to traditional telecom providers, but will now cover companies that offer electronic communications services such as Facebook Messenger, Gmail, iMessage, Skype, Viber and WhatsApp.

The proposed rules, which say communications companies must ask consumers’ consent before tracking them online, will guarantee that the content of people’s communications, as well as...
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