WhatsApp raises minimum age to 16 in update to privacy terms

WhatsApp raises minimum age to 16 in update to privacy terms

It is unclear how or if WhatsApp will do anything to enforce the age limit beyond asking users to state they are at least 16. The company said its new privacy policy is in-line with European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is created to make the company's privacy policies and terms of service easier to understand.

As it's just a regulation for the European Union, the age limit will still be 13 for the rest of the world. If data you've given to a service like Facebook can be used to influence your opinion on something as sensitive as an election then we should be very cautious of how we view internet privacy.

Rather than offer that second option, WhatsApp's new Terms of Service suggest a blanket rule which is that you either have to be 16 or you will be banned.

The EU data regulators are chiefly concerned over WhatsApp's sharing of user data with parent company Facebook.

The company made the move to comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which aims to give people more control over how organisations use their data.

Together with the new law come a few formalities that require companies to implement changes in Privacy Policies and User Agreements - us included.

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The minimum age is now 16 years old.

The company clarified that any privacy policy updates will not ask for new right to collect personal information. Twitter also claims that the new update will give more clarity about how it shares our data to prevent harm, comply with the law, serve the public interest, and keep Twitter safe and welcoming for everyone.

"The odd thing about it is that of the Facebook family of platforms - Instagram, Facebook and Whatsapp - Whatsapp is the one you'd be least likely to worry about your children accessing", he said.

Meanwhile, parent Facebook is taking a different approach to young users.

"When we receive reports of a bad actor sending unwanted messages - like SPAM or abusive content - on either WhatsApp or Facebook, we share information and can take action including blocking them across both services". You'll see a download button at the top of the page that allows you to get a plain text version if you prefer.

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