Digital Markets Act approves WhatsApp, iMessage and Facebook Messenger interoperability with other messaging clients

After eight hours of negotiations, European Union lawmakers reached an agreement to approve the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The new legislation will seek put an end to abusive practices companies like Google, Meta, Apple or Amazon, limit their power over certain services and business practices.

Parliament and Council negotiators have agreed on a provisional text applicable to companies that provide central platform services. Nicknamed “gatekeepers”, these companies have a market capitalization of more than 75 billion euros and are subject to unfair commercial practices.

The first agreement of the law of digital markets provides for the messaging service interoperability bigger. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or iMessage Apple will have to open up and interact with smaller customers. This means that a user will be able to send messages, files or make video calls between messaging apps. For group chat, the requirement will be implemented over the next four years.

The gardians” cannot combine personal data from various sources for targeted advertising without the explicit consent of the user. They must also allow the consumer chooses freely browser, search engine or virtual assistant.

The interoperability between social networks was put on the table, although lawmakers agreed to analyze it in the future.