WhatsApp raised the eu’s minimum age limit to 16.


WhatsApp, the popular messaging service, prohibits people under the age of 16 from using their platforms in the European Union.
Users must now have at least 13, but the company is changing the rules before introducing new eu data privacy rules in May.
The application, owned by Facebook, will require users to confirm their age in the next few weeks when they are prompted to agree to new terms of service.
It does not explain how age restrictions apply.
At present, WhatsApp does not ask users about their age when they join, nor does it cross-reference their Facebook or Instagram accounts to find out.
About a third of all britons aged 12 to 15 who are active on social media use WhatsApp, according to a 2017 report from Ofcom, the media regulator.
That makes it the fifth most popular social network after Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube.
Data privacy
The general data protection ordinance (GDPR), which came into force on May 25th, will give people more control over the way companies use information.
They also have the right to delete personal data.

It also includes specific rules to protect children from collecting personal data for marketing purposes or creating user profiles.
Most social media apps (including Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, music.ly and Reddit) are limited to people 13 and older.
Part of the reason is the us law – the children’s online privacy protection (Coppa) – which prohibits the collection of online services for personal information about young children.
However, in December, Facebook launched Messenger Kids for children under the age of six. This is a non-advertising service designed to meet Coppa.
Different ways
WhatsApp will also allow all users to download a report detailing the data it owns as part of its new terms of service.
This may include the manufacturer and model of the device they use, their contact person and group, and any number that is blocked.
Facebook is also being criticized for its handling of personal data, and it is taking a different approach to providing its primary services to younger users.
To comply with GDPR, social networks require people between the ages of 13 and 15 to nominate parents or guardians, allowing them to share information on the platform.
If they don’t, they won’t see a fully personalized version of the platform.
In a related development, Facebook sets service also launched a “data download” tool, this tool provides a file, which contains the user the photos published in the past, comments, archiving, contacts, and other personal data.


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