WhatsApp set to ban people younger than 16 in Europe

Apr 26, 2018, 01:19
WhatsApp set to ban people younger than 16 in Europe

"If you live in a country in the European Region, you must be at least 16 years old to use our Services or such greater age required in your country to register for or use our Services".

It is unclear how the new age limit will be enforced.

The current minimum age is 13, but from May 25 and with the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Facebook-owned company will increase for those inside the EU.

Currently, anyone over the age of 13 can use WhatsApp.

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The change is part of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is created to give European Union citizens more control and protection over their data. They can, for example, request their data is erased.

The company has said that providing false information violates its terms, and users can be banned as a result.

It is asking them to nominate a parent or guardian to give permission for them to share information on the platform, otherwise they will not see a fully personalised version of the social media platform.

WhatsApp says the update ensured it could "meet the new high standards of transparency for how we protect the privacy of our users".

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It said: "Our goal is simply to explain how we use and protect the limited information we have about you".

WhatsApp suspended the change in Europe after widespread regulatory scrutiny.

WhatsApp haven't yet announced how they intend to keep under-16s off the platform, but with a quarter of all 13-16 year olds using WhatsApp in the United Kingdom alone, they have a tough job on their hands. "The world is so different to what it was like when anybody that's a parent of a 13-year-old now was 13 themselves".

The GDPR comes into effect in May and introduces a demanding set of data privacy and security requirements on firms, with potential global reach.

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Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and some other tech firms have said they plan to give people in the USA and elsewhere the same protections and rights that Europeans will gain.

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