WhatsApp is banning under-16s in Europe ahead of GDPR

Facebook rolls out GDPR globally, except the DPO contact

Facebook rolls out GDPR globally, except the DPO contact

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.

Other changes announced by WhatsApp on Tuesday include a downloadable report detailing the user data. The move comes ahead of the implementation of new data protection regulations in Europe. There's obviously nothing stopping WhatsApp from setting its own limit above what's legally required, and it seems to have taken a one-size-fits-all-in-Europe approach for simplicity's sake.

WhatsApp revealed the changes in a blog posting, in which it pointed to the imminent introduction of the tougher privacy laws.

WhatsApp is raising the minimum user age from 13 to 16, potentially locking out large numbers of teenagers as the messaging app looks to comply with the EU's upcoming new data protection rules. Alternatively it could be that WhatsApp could do what Facebook does for its younger users, where Facebook will require users to nominate a parent/guardian to give permission for them to share information on the platform.

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.

CNBC reports that WhatsApp and Facebook will keep their current minimum age restrictions at 13 outside of the EU.

The regulations also give users greater powers to access and control how their data is used, and the right to have personal data erased. Failing to do so, they will not be able to see a fully personalised view of the platform.

According to GDPR, the Europeans can ask the social media platforms to delete their personal data available with them.

Lastly, Facebook said it now does not share WhatsApp account information to improve the ad experience on Facebook, however, it did reiterate that it plans to "work closer" with other Facebook companies in future.

In order to further extend the assurance, WhatsApp will allow all its user to download the data which gets collected by the company.

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