WhatsApp Raises Minimum Age To 16

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However, companies such as asset managers that hold vast amounts of consumer data are at risk.

WhatsApp says its decision to increase the age limit in the European Union will help it meet the "new high standards of transparency".

The biggest change is that WhatsApp users, who previously had to be 13 years old, can no longer use the messaging platform.

The laws will govern how a company can collect data from you, ensure that any data it stores is securely protected, and will give you the right to access that data at any point.

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If you live in a country in the European Region, you must be at least 16 years old to use WhatsApp. The messaging app has over 1.5 billion users but is being subjected to greater scrutiny given the fact that it shares user data with parent firm Facebook. Teens aged between 13 and 15 will have to get permission from their parents to share personal information on the app.

Meanwhile, Facebook too is upgrading its privacy policy to comply with Europes GDPR policy. The minimum age will remain 13 for the rest of the world.

According to GDPR, the Europeans can ask the social media platforms to delete their personal data available with them.

"Our goal is simply to explain how we use and protect the limited information we have about you", Facebook said about the new WhatsApp regulation.

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Tech giants including Apple, Inc. plan to give people in the United States and elsewhere the same privacy protections and rights that Europeans will gain post-GDPR. "This feature will be rolling out to all users around the world on the newest version of the app". Apart from WhatsApp, Facebook acquired all other platforms like Oculus, Instagram and Facebook itself also are complying with all the GDPR related changes.

WhatsApp reiterated that it is "not now sharing account information to improve your product and ads experience on Facebook".

It would also allow consumers the right to opt out and keep their information private by disabling data tracking and collection, and mandate that users be notified of a privacy violation within 72 hours.

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