WhatsApp increases European Union age limit to 16 as GDPR approaches

WhatsApp increases European Union age limit to 16 as GDPR approaches

The app, which is owned by Facebook, will ask users to confirm their age when prompted to agree new terms of service in the next few weeks. Still, the news points to how platforms and brands may be impacted by the new European Union regulations, which sets that age at which a child's personal data can be accessed without parental consent at 16 as opposed to 13, which is the USA limit under the current Children's Online Privacy Protection rule.

Privacy advocates warn that these changes won't fundamentally change the relationship between consumers and tech companies, many of which make their profits by collecting data on users, building individual profiles and selling advertising based on the resulting troves of data.

In a move to improve its brand image across the Europe social media industry post the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook's WhatsApp has been speculated to ban users under 16 from using the application.

WhatsApp has increased the minimum age limit - which is now set at 13 - only within Europe. A user can request and export a report of your WhatsApp account information and settings.

But like its parent company Facebook doesn't seem to be adopting GDPR-level privacy regulations outside the EU, WhatsApp seemingly has no plans to change the minimum age threshold elsewhere.

WhatsApp, popular instant messaging app, will soon allow its users to access and download their account information and settings. This is as per new data privacy rules that would come into effect from next month.

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"If you live in a country in the European Region, you must be at least 16 years old to use our Services or such greater age required in your country to register for or use our Services".

"Every message and call is secured by end-to-end encryption so that no one, not even WhatsApp, can read or listen to your conversations".

The minimum age of using WhatsApp will remain 13 years in the rest of the world, in line with its parent.

To use the data of users under the age of 16 must obtain the permission of parents or guardians.

If they do not, they will not see a fully personalised version of the platform. Twitter is also giving users more control over how it shares certain non-public data.

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