Europe's Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive or 'ePrivacy Directive' gets expanded this week, incorporating more forms of digital communication. The latest parts to kick in concern how long data can be kept, and what types can be collected in the first place through messaging apps.
Facebook explained the resulting changes to its Messenger API for European businesses earlier this month, but changes are happening on the consumer side too:
|"People using our messaging and calling services in Europe or interacting with friends and family in Europe may notice some changes to features on Messenger, Instagram, and Facebook. In order to comply with the law, we needed to adjust the way our services work, such as further segregating messaging data from other parts of our infrastructure. We prioritized core features, like text messaging and video calling, and have made sure the majority of our other features are available. We're working to bring back features that we can as quickly as possible, and our Help Center has updates for some of the features that are affected."|