EU countries fail to agree on privacy rules governing WhatsApp, Skype
U.S. EU countries fail to agree on privacy rules governing WhatsApp, Skype. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU efforts to create a level playing field between telecoms operators and Facebook's (FB.O) WhatsApp and Microsoft (MSFT.O) unit Skype stalled on Friday after member countries failed to agree on the scope of proposed rules. The European Commission kicked off the process two years ago with its proposal for an ePrivacy regulation which would ensure that tech companies offering online messaging and email services would be subjected to the same tough rules as telecoms providers. Tech companies and some EU countries have criticized the ePrivacy proposal for being too restrictive, putting them at loggerheads with privacy activists who back the plan.