Facebook Owned WhatsApp Hikes User Age Limit To 16 In Europe

25 April, 2018, 16:06 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
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Meanwhile Twitter announced in a blog post that it has updated its privacy policy to make the terms simpler to its users.

However, it remains unclear how WhatsApp will confirm this and enforce the new limit, as it does not now verify identity beyond its requirement for a working mobile phone number.

Facebook has a separate data policy for its services, including rival instant messaging service Messenger.

The rules are changing because of new European Union data privacy laws which come into force in May.

As a new initiative, Whatsapp has restricted the age limit to 16 years for agreeing to the terms of service and privacy policy while the age limit of 13 years prevails as usual on other continents.

WhatsApp, founded in 2009, has come under pressure from some European governments in recent years because of its end-to-end encrypted messaging system and its plan to share more data with its parent, Facebook. As of now, WhatsApp hasn't made it clear how the age limit will be checked given the limited data requested.

Now if you are living in Europe then you have to be at least 16 years of age to use Whatsapp.

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The GDPR replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and aims to reshape the way organisations across the Europe approach data privacy. It plans to ask under-16s to nominate a parent or guardian who can grant permission for them to share information on the app.

CNBC reports that WhatsApp and Facebook will keep their current minimum age restrictions at 13 outside of the EU. The cross-checking of a user's age is quite hard for WhatsApp and it has not revealed the measures taken to identify the age range.

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

GDPR will be the biggest overhaul of data protection laws in the world and has been designed to create a unified set of standards that all companies adhere to.

WhatsApp will also soon allow users to download a report detailing everything the app knows about you.

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