WhatsApp Raises Minimum Age Limit to 16 in European Union

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying at the US Senate hearing this month about data handling

The messaging platform, which is owned by Facebook, is hiking its minimum user age in Europe to 16 from 13 in order to comply with a tough new data privacy law.

That having been said, the new European Union age restriction issued by WhatsApp (and any possible age restriction issued for South Africa users) would likely appear in its Terms & Conditions, giving the service legal cover should someone be caught using it who is underage.

The firm said in a blog post this week that it will not be asking for any new rights to collect personal information in the agreement.

That's what I want to see from each of the data harvesters who want my personal information.

WhatsApp's minimum age of use will remain 13 years in the rest of the world.

WhatsApp is banning anyone under 16 years old from using the app in Europe.

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"We are not now sharing account information to improve your product and ads experience on Facebook", WhatsApp said in its blog.

If they don't get permission, teems will get a generic version of Facebook that's not customised for them. It's not clear how - or, indeed, if - WhatsApp will verify, or attempt to verify, that this is correct.

"Whilst companies have made general improvements in their preparations for EU General Data Protection Regulation, the survey suggests that most will not be fully compliant with the regulation when it comes into force", said Mark Hickman, Chief Operating Officer at WinMagic.

In a month from now, the most powerful data privacy regulation laws will come into effect. Twitter is also giving users more control over how it shares certain non-public data.

"We've also updated our Terms of Service so that we have one set of terms for both Twitter and Periscope, and to clarify that you must have rights to the content you share on our services", announced Twitter. Ted Cruz. Facebook says the number is 87 million; Cambridge Analytica, which was founded by Trump allies Steve Bannon and Robert Mercer, says it's more like 30 million. Companies then would have to live up to other requirements such as data portability (Facebook, for example, only allows you to download your contacts in text format, so you can't really move your online friendships to another service).

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