WhatsApp To Raise Minimum Age Limit To 16 In Europe

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The new law however demands that if an app does collect any personal data on a person then they be at least 16 years old or have the permission of a parent or guardian.

WhatsApp was founded back in the year 2009, it has come under a lot of pressure due to its end-to-end encrypted messages and it has now suspended the plan to increase the amount of data shared with Facebook, so the advertisers could be targeted more effectively. While announcing about this feature, WhatsApp ensured that it will not ask for new rights for collecting personal information of users following this new update. This decision is taken to comply with the new regulations for the users living in Europe only.

The new rules formulated by WhatsApp is also in accordance with new data privacy rules that is slated to come into effect in Europe starting May 25.

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, which has faced scrutiny for its data sharing practices in the past, said its move would help it meet the "new high standards of transparency" in the EU.

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However, it is not known how the messaging service will enforce the age limit, nor whether under-16s already using WhatsApp will be denied access following the new user policies. The rules are created to bolster existing data privacy rules and give individuals more say over how their personal information is used.

When users in Europe log onto the app in the next few weeks, they'll be asked to confirm their age when accepting the new terms of service and an updated privacy policy. It has made substantial changes in the past, including allowing users to download a copy of their data from the app.

In one month, the European Union will introduce strict personal data protections, which will restrict how tech companies collect and use your data.

If they do not, they will not see a fully personalised version of the platform.

GDPR is the biggest overhaul of online privacy since the birth of the internet, giving Europeans the right to know what data is stored on them and the right to have it deleted.