WhatsApp is banning under-16s from using messaging app in Europe

WhatsApp is banning under-16s from using messaging app in Europe

Unlike Facebook, which is asking teenagers aged 13-15 to get permission from a guardian to have their information shared, WhatsApp is not asking for further rights to collect personal data. The service now doesn't request much user data and, according to a blog post, it doesn't plan to ask for any new rights so it can collect more personal information. The microblogging platform points out, "Remember, you can use the controls we highlight in our updated policy to limit the information we collect about you or how we use it".

In a move to improve its brand image across the Europe social media industry post the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook's WhatsApp has been speculated to ban users under 16 from using the application.

WhatsApp's minimum age will remain 13 years outside of Europe, in line with its parent company.

WhatsApp is raising its minimum user age.

Nevertheless, new users signing into WhatsApp will be asked to confirm their age.

Under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on May 25, users have rights about how their data is stored and used.

WhatsApp, popular instant messaging app, will soon allow its users to access and download their account information and settings.

The chief executive of Childnet International - a charity that is a member of Facebook's Safety Advisory Board - said he thought the firm had more work to do to communicate the change. Twitter's new privacy policy has gone into effect starting today and will be applied worldwide, not just limited to users in the EU.

The company says it plans to keep the over-13 age restriction in the rest of the world. "This feature will be rolling out to all users around the world on the newest version of the app", the company concludes. Twitter says that is using this information "to better understand the use of services" and that is not associating the "web browsing history with your name, email address, phone number, or username".

Under GDPR, WhatsApp will also have to allow European Union residents to access the data WhatsApp has on them.

Previously we can see Facebook's download tool and the new Instagram data download tool offering a link to users within 48 hours.

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