WhatsApp is banning under-16s from using its platform in Europe

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The soon-to-be-implemented EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will facilitate more control over how companies manage user information, which the user can now elect to erased.

WhatsApp is raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 in Europe as tough new privacy laws come into force in Britain and the continent next month.

You'll also have the right to access the information companies hold about you.

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During the next few weeks, WhatsApp will ask its users to agree to new terms of service and the users in Europe will be asked to confirm that they are at least 16 years of age. Outside of the European Union, the age limit will remain at 13.

However, users will not be able to view the report within WhatsApp, so they will have to use an external application to view all their user data.

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 personalized version of the social media platform.

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WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, which is introducing its own restrictions too. 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.

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. Meanwhile Twitter announced in a blog post that it has updated its privacy policy to make the terms simpler to its users. There's obviously nothing stopping WhatsApp from setting its own limit above what's legally required, and it seems to have taken a one-size-fits-all-in-Europe approach for simplicity's sake.

In the example of apps like Instagram and WhatsApp, both companies have announced tools which will allow you to download all the data that they have collected on you.

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WhatsApp, part of social media network Facebook, ensured that all messages within the platform have end-to-end encryption after reports emerged past year that its messages can be intercepted by the authorities.