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

WhatsApp increases age limit to 16 in Europe

Messaging service WhatsApp is increasing its minimum age requirement from 13 to 16 ahead of the introduction of strict new data laws across the EU.

Instant messaging application WhatsApp is raising the lower limit of age to use its services to 16 from 13 in Europe.

However, WhatsApp messenger, which according to the Facebook official information had over 1.5 billion users in January, confirmed that they would not ask for the right to collecting personal data.

GDPR will be the biggest overhaul of data protection laws in the world and has been designed to create a unified set of standards that all companies adhere to.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified for two days in front of congressional committees a few weeks ago, expressing regrets and outlining steps they've taken to secure personal data and avoid a repeat. As we have said in the past, we want to work closer with other Facebook companies in the future and we will keep you updated as we develop our plans. From May 25, companies will have to be much more transparent about how they handle users' data. It said: "Our goal is simply to explain how we use and protect the limited information we have about you".

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, during congressional testimony this month, said his company would apply the European standards to U.S. users.

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This service will ask users for the confirmation of their age during the signing the agreement for the new privacy rules.

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

For that reason Facebook has provided a inquiry page for anyone who has been or will be impacted by the changes.

The researcher, Aleksandr Kogan, invented an app called "This is Your Digital Life" in 2014 that invited Facebook users to log in via Facebook and answer personality and demographic questions in exchange for $4.

GDPR has prompted most social media platforms to refine their privacy policies, with some extending the changes bought on a wider scale and not limiting it to Europe. "We'll also show you a simple chart that categorizes the legal basis for the personal data we process".

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