WhatsApp won't let under-16s use the platform in Europe

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp will ask the European users to confirm that they are at least 16 years old when they are prompted to accept new service terms and the updated privacy policy in the upcoming weeks.

WhatsApp said it was updating its terms of service in the European Union before the General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on May 25.

Facebook said that it will now require users between the ages of 13 and 15 years to secure the permission of a parent or a guardian to share any information on the network.

With new privacy laws due to roll out around Europe next month, WhatsApp has increase its minimum age from 13 to 16.

GDPR aims to give people more control over how companies use their information and the right to have their data erased.

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WhatsApp users in Europe will need to be at least 16 years of age to use the app.

Previously, the app's minimum age was 13, which is the same for Facebook and Instagram.

WhatsApp are moving to ban teenagers under 16 from using the service.

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is created to give people in the EU greater protection over their personal data.

The chief executive of Childnet International - a charity that is a member of Facebook's Safety Advisory Board - said he thought the firm had more work to do to communicate the change.

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Though, the company did not make it clear how it will verify users' age given the limited data it asks to provide from its users. Its new privacy policy is, of course, another morass of legal verbiage - but it contains a handy table that lists the purposes for which data are collected and matches them with specific data types used.

So why is WhatsApp even bothering to comply with GDPR when it's not even collecting your user data nor reading your messages? That's unfair to users whose data are coming to Facebook from a multitude of hard-to-track sources, some of which they'd surely like to cut off.

With the new Privacy Policy in place, Twitter is now allowing users to have more control on the personal information.

The blog post also points to safety tips on the service, such as the ability to block unwanted users, and delete and report spam.

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