Security experts are increasingly concerned about the potential impact of the EU’s new Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the impact it could have on WhatsApp and other secure messaging services.
For those unfamiliar, the DMA aims to dominate major technology platforms in Europe so smaller companies can better compete with Meta, Google, Microsoft and others.
As part of the new draft law, large tech companies with a market cap of over €75 billion and a user base of more than 45 million in the EU would be required to develop products that are interoperable with smaller platforms. While this will likely be fine for online collaboration tools and office software, there are a number of security risks for messaging services like WhatsApp that include end-to-end encryption as part of their offerings.
The EU hopes the DMA will help smaller competitors by breaking up some of the services of big tech giants who are also seen as gatekeepers due to the size of their customer base…