Digital Markets Act: the new EU law that would allow you to send a message from Telegram on an Android mobile to WhatsApp on an iPhone

The European Union advances in the agreement on the Law of Digital Markets, by which giants of messaging platforms such as WhatsApp must make their application interoperable with other minor apps.
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WhatsApp has not yet set a date for the implementation of reactions. WhatsApp has not yet set a date for the implementation of reactions. Pixabay
The European Union has approved this Thursday the new antitrust rules for the big technology owners of the main social media platforms and the Internet. This legislation is intended to change the business model of digital giants such as Apple, Google or Meta, the Big Tech that have dominated the market in the last two decades.

“Provisional agreement with @Europarl_EN on the Digital Markets Law. An innovative and long-awaited text to guarantee fair competition in digital markets.”

This is how the official Twitter account that represents the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union announced the news, which means that the community institutions have agreed on the final text of the Digital Markets Law, which will come into force in 2023 and which regulates mobile app stores, internet searches, and restrict Big Tech’s use of personal data.

Several aspects are contemplated within this law, among which the fact that users will have to be able to eliminate mobile applications that a company has installed by default on devices, for example the Google Chrome browser on mobile phones, stands out. Android operating system.

Likewise, we must be able to install a mobile application store other than the one offered by the device brand, that is, Android users will be able to purchase the Apple App Store and vice versa.

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As for our data, companies will be required to have our consent on how they are collected and crossed when used for personalized advertising.

In addition, the regulations prohibit companies from combining the personal data they acquire from users through their multiple services -that Meta crosses the information it obtains from its WhatsApp messaging service-, unless they have the express consent of the clients. .

Internet giants will not be able to promote their own products on search services and will be forced to allow users to purchase goods directly from other companies’ websites.

Cross-platform ‘sendable’ messages

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The DMA – an acronym for the Digital Markets Act – could require messaging app developers to make their apps work with each other.

“EU lawmakers have agreed that larger messaging services (such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or iMessage) will have to open up and interoperate with smaller messaging platforms if requested to do so. Users of small or large platforms could exchange messages, send files or make video calls through messaging applications, which would give them more options, “explains the EU statement.

Thus, although the law has not yet been approved, if it were to do so, the EU could force companies such as Apple and Meta to open systems that they previously controlled completely. For example: you can only send messages via iMessage using the Apple application, which only runs on their devices, but with this rule, those from Cupertino would have to allow other messaging apps to interact with their application.

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Result? A conversation could take place between an iMessage user on an iPhone and a Telegram user on a Windows PC.

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