Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

WhatsApp increases age limit to 16 in Europe

WhatsApp increases age limit to 16 in Europe

It is not clear how it will verify answers from users, given the limited data requested and held by the service.

WhatsApp is raising the minimum age limit of its users to 16 across Europe.

In the coming weeks, WhatsApp will also ask its users to accept the new terms of service and demand its European users to confirm that they are at least 16 years of age. Facebook publicly announced the new policies and the fact that it has established an entity in the European Union but it only slipped into its ToS the fact that, from next month, European Union users must be aged 16 or older to use the service. WhatsApp's minimum age of use will remain 13 years in the rest of the world, in line with its parent.

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Facebook will ask all its users to make decisions about how they want advertising on the platform personalized to their interests, and whether to continue sharing religious, relationship or political information on their profiles. Apple Inc and some other tech firms have said they plan to give people in the United States and elsewhere the same protections and rights that Europeans will gain.

As we get closer to the rollout of Europe's new GDPR standards, several companies have started notifying their users to receive consent or inform them about change in different policies.

WhatsApp suspended the change in Europe after widespread regulatory scrutiny.

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A bigger fish: "Google, in every respect, collects more data [than Facebook]", said David Chavern, president of News Media Alliance to Bloomberg last week.

WhatsApp shared the updates in a blog post today and said that it has done so to comply with the EU's upcoming GDPR that will go into effect next month.

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