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New EU Rules Could Damage WhatsApp Encryption, Security Experts Reveal

The passing of the Digital Markets Act may have appeared impressive at the start but high-profile security experts from around the world are now seeming skeptical about the DMA legislation.

Governing bodies from the European Union revealed how they may have reached a breakthrough deal that they believed may be one of Europe’s greatest legislation.

The ambitious law aims to target some of the biggest tech companies on the continent with plenty of far-reaching effects. Moreover, one of the most striking features was related to the production of goods that would be interoperable between smaller platforms as well, no matter how large scale the organization was.

However, security analysts and experts believe the time has come to highlight the dangers of interactions between SMS and end-to-end encryption with messaging apps like WhatsApp.

Security analysts feel that would severely undermine the benefits reached in the past with end-to-end encryption. But what is the main focus of the Digital Markets Act?

Reports reveal how large tech firms are usually defined by their large-scale audience or perhaps by the revenue or the great structural power they hold against other smaller competitors. Therefore, with the new regulations in place, so many governments are hoping to surpass old trends and give smaller entities a better chance at competing.

This would indirectly pave the way that allows users to download more and more third-party applications from places outside of the usual App Store. Furthermore, this means giving Amazon searches higher rankings or even giving messaging apps the chance to deliver texts over different protocols.

The main problem lies with those affiliated with end-to-end encryption as cryptographers feel it’s a huge challenge to maintain encryption through apps with the rules in place. And that means greater issues for user safety.

While DMA provisions may not be affected as much due to the small signal size involved, it is certainly a risky ordeal for Signal protocol-based apps owned by Meta like WhatsApp.

At the end of the day, users would be prone to weaken or the complete removal of message encryption services, robbing so many users of the protective efforts that they were promised on day one.

As far as finding a solution to this is concerned, experts believe there isn’t one simple fix that guarantees security as well as the functionality of encrypted messaging with interoperability. But some critics feel the challenges are outweighed by the benefits that move large-scale operations out of their comfort zones of closed messaging systems.


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