JVTech News Sending a WhatsApp message to someone who does not have WhatsApp is soon possible with this new feature imposed by the European Union
WhatsApp, iMessage, Messenger, Signal and Telegram combined in one app. Did you dream of it? The European Union is going to do it and we will explain to you how it could work.
WhatsApp is preparing for a big change
For about two years, WhatsApp has been working on a way to allow other messaging apps to connect to its service and allow users to chat across apps, all without compromising the end-to-end encryption it uses to protect the privacy and security of users’ messages. This approach constitutes a first for the messaging application and pushes us more or less towards the unknown. But all these changes are not due to the sole will of Meta… Indeed, in September of the last year, EU lawmakers have named WhatsApp’s parent company as one of six influential ‘gatekeeper’ companies under its digital markets lawgiving him six months to open his private garden.
In the columns of WiredDick Brouwer, director of engineering at WhatsApp, who worked on Meta’s deployment of encryption in its Messenger application, points out: “There’s a real tension between providing an easy way to offer this interoperability to third parties while still maintaining the privacy, security and integrity of WhatsApp (…) I think we’re quite happy of what we have achieved. »
As we explained to you above, the European Union wanted interoperability of messaging services under the Digital Markets Act (DMA) in 2022, forcing WhatsApp and Messenger to open their platforms to other applications. In this sense, and you will have understood, Meta is also working to make Messenger compatible with other applications. Initially, these features will focus on individual conversations, allowing users to exchange various types of messages between applications. This experience will be accessible from a new submenu named “Third-Party Chats” in the inbox, as reported WABetaInfo.
From what we know, companies and their applications wishing to be compatible with the Meta system will have to sign an agreement whose details remain confidential. WhatsApp will notably require end-to-end encryption to enable this interoperability. Matthew Hodgson, founder of Matrixmentioned during a conference the collaboration “experimental” between its app and WhatsApp to maintain end-to-end encryption. On the other hand, it is still uncertain whether other players like Telegram, Viber and Google plan to support interoperability with WhatsApp. Dick Brouwer also pointed out that the differences between third-party and native WhatsApp chats may not offer the same functionality, which raises privacy and security questions.