Facebook’s plan to merge messaging services could be barred in the EU

The New York Times reported on Friday that Facebook was planning to integrate its messaging services, claiming that Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg was personally behind the move. Each service would remain a standalone app, but messages would be able to be sent between the three — bringing together more than 2.6 billion users, according to The Times.

“(We) will be very closely scrutinizing Facebook’s plans as they develop, particularly insofar as they involve the sharing and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies,” the Irish DPC said.

“Previous proposals to share data between Facebook companies have given rise to significant data protection concerns and the Irish DPC will be seeking early assurances that all such concerns will be fully taken into account by Facebook in further developing this proposal.”

Facebook declined to comment when contacted by CNBC.

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