You have to be 16 or older to access WhatsApp in Europe

25 April, 2018, 16:06 | Author: Teresa Adams
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But the GDPR also contains specific rules to protect children from having their personal data collected for marketing purposes, or to create user profiles.

The broadcaster adds that some other tech companies, including Apple, will give all of their users, regardless of where they live, the same data rights. However, companies such as asset managers that hold vast amounts of consumer data are at risk.

According to WhatsApp, all users will be required to comply with a new data and privacy policy where users will be asked to explicitly mention they are at least 16 years of age.

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WhatsApp has however stated they will continue to enforce the minimum age limit at 13 years to start using the app elsewhere in the world. In the coming weeks, European WhatsApp users will have to accept the new ToS and privacy policy, including confirming that they're at least 16 years old.

It is not immediately clear how WhatsApp will vet the age limit as the service does not require much data from the users. The minimum age will remain 13 for the rest of the world.

It is also worth noting the fact that both Instagram and WhatsApp are owned by the social media giant Facebook that already is giving an option to its users as a part of "Download your Information" tool which was announced back in 2010. Teens aged between 13 and 15 will have to get permission from their parents to share personal information on the app. In the wake of the current Cambridge Analytica scandal engulfing parent company Facebook, the very same policy has, in fact, become a boon - in the wake of the crisis, WhatsApp clarified that its encryption policies meant that none of the user messages on the platform had been stored.

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WhatsApp suspended the change in Europe after widespread regulatory scrutiny. Although, it will soon give users the opportunity to download and see the "limited data" it collects on its users.

WhatsApp had more than 1.5 billion users as of January, mentioned in one of its blog post that it would not be asking for any new rights to gather personal information in the agreement.

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