WhatsApp raises minimum age in Europe ahead of new privacy laws

Joanna Estrada
April 25, 2018

Unfortunately, we don't know yet how the developers will be able to verify that users have the minimum age required. Sky News reports that WhatsApp changes it age requirements to comply with the new regulations by the GDPR standards.

Now the minimum age for using the service is 13. At that point, European users will have to confirm that they are at least 16 years of age before allowed to user the service.

Current reports suggest that even though Facebook's outrage at partner Cambridge Analytica's data breaching behavior, its true concern could in fact be "hollow".

New data privacy rules being rolled out in the European Union next month are forcing the change, but the messaging service has said in a blog post it will not be asking for any new rights to collect personal information in the agreement.

Besides, the search engine giant is able to use anonymous, encrypted information on about 70 percent of credit and debit card transactions in the United States through partnerships with outside firms. GDPR comes into effect in Europe on May 25.

Facebook's Messenger is taking a different approach, instead asking minors to nominate a parent or guardian to give permission for them to share information on the platform.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is banning anyone under 16 years old from using the app in Europe.

European regulators have already disrupted a move by WhatsApp to change its policies to allow it to share users' phone numbers and other information with Facebook to help improve the product and more effectively target ads.

WhatsApp will let users around world download data they share with app and here's how this will work. There will also be a web page with tips on how to stay safe on WhatsApp.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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