The Ireland Data Protection Commission (DPC) has warned Facebook about the planned integration of its chat services: WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram photo sharing application, which asks the network giant social services that provide "urgent information" on the proposals.
In a statement, Irish-based Dublin guardian said he understood that the plan was in a "very early conceptual stage."
"Although we understand that Facebook's proposal to integrate Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram platforms is in a very early conceptual development phase, the Irish DPC has asked Facebook Ireland to make an urgent meeting about what It is proposed, "said the guardian in a statement late Monday.
"The Irish DPC will examine in detail the plans of Facebook as they develop, in particular insofar as they involve the exchange and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies," he added.
The New York Times reported on January 25 that all three Facebook applications will support end-to-end encryption, but the company should still not offer a chronology for when that happens.
Messenger and Instagram would continue to function as standalone applications.
According to the Irish Chancellor, "previous proposals to share data between Facebook companies have given rise to important data protection problems and the Irish DPC will seek early insights that all these concerns will be fully considered by Facebook in the later development of" this proposal ".
"It is necessary to emphasize that, ultimately, the proposed integration can only take place in the EU if it is capable of fulfilling all the requirements of the GDPR," said the statement.
The movement could allow the social networks giant to offer a greater user commitment with advertisers, which increased its advertising division at a time when overall growth declined.
Facebook has the majority of users of any other social media platform, and combining its assets in this way, the company could compete more directly with the iMessage messaging services of Apple and Google, according to The Virgin.
The end-to-end encryption of WhatsApp, the hallmark of user safety, can also be a hit if Facebook integrates the popular mobile messaging platform with Instagram and Messenger unsafe.