WhatsApp Raises Minimum Age Limit to 16 in European Union

WhatsApp Raises Minimum Age Limit to 16 in European Union

The increase in the age limit for the restricted use of the app from 13 to 16 years will apparently assist the social media giant to comply with the European General data protection regulation (GDPR).

Today, WhatsApp announced it is raising the minimum age to use its platform, to 16 years old. Reading them will now give you a lot more information about things like data retention periods (i.e. how long we will keep your data), our Trusted Partners (i.e. entities that help us bringing you our games or services), or where we store your data.

WhatsApp are moving to ban teenagers under 16 from using the service. The privacy policies of platforms - be it Twitter, Facebook, or anyone else - are going to be under greater scrutiny, but how much data the companies are still collecting is hard to ascertain. Kieran said that Twitter has the obligation to protect and safeguard its users' data and privacy. The lower age threshold remains in place for the rest of the world.

One curious difference is that Facebook's approach to teen usage of WhatsApp is notably distinct to the one it's taking with teens on its main social platform - also as it reworks the Facebook T&Cs ahead of GDPR. Twitter's new privacy policy has gone into effect starting today and will be applied worldwide, not just limited to users in the EU.

Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect FedEx (FDX) Share Price
Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. After $3.72 actual EPS reported by FedEx Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 53.76 % EPS growth.

Swart said. "That's very risky for a 13 to 16-year-old to make a decision about whether they should be in contact with that person or not".

WhatsApp, which had more than 1.5 billion users in January, said in a blog post that it will not be asking for any new rights to collect personal information in the agreement. In Belgium, this year, Facebook was ordered to stop collecting user data, by a national court.

WhatsAppp will also be following in the footsteps of Facebook and Instagram, letting users download all the data the company has collected - including phone model, network, and blocked numbers.

Now, the reason this may be of some interest to local users is that The Protection Of Personal Information Act (POPI) will bring South Africa in line with global standards for the collection, recording, and storage of personal information - including the GDPR. If that doesn't happen then those users won't see a personalised version of Facebook.

Related News:

  • Google Doodle Celebrates Esteemed Athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen's 100th Birthday

    Google Doodle Celebrates Esteemed Athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen's 100th Birthday

    Blankers-Koen first competed in the Olympics in 1936, finishing fifth in the 4x100 meter relay and sixth in the high jump. - As a tribute to her iconic career and milestone birthday, Fanny Blankers-Koen she was honored with a Google Doodle .
    Facebook releases first quarter earnings as data scandal unfolds

    Facebook releases first quarter earnings as data scandal unfolds

    Net income in the first quarter climbed 63 per cent to $4.99bn, or $1.69 a share, topping the $1.35 per share analysts predicted. Later, Facebook estimated the number of users affected at around 87 million, mostly located in the United States.
    Venky Appreciates Bharat Ane Nenu

    Venky Appreciates Bharat Ane Nenu

    All the top celebrities from Tollywood watched the film and lauded Mahesh Babu, Koratala Siva for their exceptional work. Bharat Ane Nenu is all set to become the highest grossing Telugu film in the USA after Baahubali series.
  • What did Tim Cook and Trump talk about?

    What did Tim Cook and Trump talk about?

    Cook also had strong relations with Trump's predecessor in the White House, Democratic President Barack Obama. Cook and Trump have also come to verbal blows over immigration and LGBT rights .

    Shares Continuing to Trade Below Moving Averages: Noble Midstream Partners LP (:NBLX)

    The Pennsylvania-based Susquehanna International Llp has invested 0% in Martin Midstream Partners L.P. (NASDAQ:MMLP). Two Sigma Secs Limited Liability Corp reported 0% of its portfolio in Martin Midstream Partners L.P. (NASDAQ:MMLP).

    Alibaba Group (BABA) Cut to "Hold" at Zacks Investment Research

    Oppenheimer & Com holds 55,801 shares or 0.28% of its portfolio. 352,286 were accumulated by Kayne Anderson Rudnick Ltd Liability. After $0.20 actual EPS reported by MercadoLibre, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 115.00% EPS growth.
  • Eldorado Gold Corporation (EGO) 1.96% away from 20 SMA

    In Play Stocks are volatile enough to produce good risk and reward trading opportunities for both bull and bear traders intraday. Going move backward a period of six month analysis we come to know that stock dipped -56.42% giving falling alert for Investors.
    Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) With Samsung Mall Launched in India: Price, Specifications

    Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) With Samsung Mall Launched in India: Price, Specifications

    Samsung Mall uses artificial intelligence to revolutionize the way customers shop online with a visual search. Also on offer is 16GB of internal storage which is further expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.
    Eating Dark Chocolate Improves Memory, Reduces Inflammation and Stress, Two Studies Say

    Eating Dark Chocolate Improves Memory, Reduces Inflammation and Stress, Two Studies Say

    According to Science Daily , a pair of studies led by Loma Linda University psychoneuroimmunology and food science researcher Dr. Dark chocolate, in other words, is a Superfood, but the benefits really kick in above that 70 per cent level.
  • Greg Olsen returning, signing two-year extension with Panthers

    Greg Olsen returning, signing two-year extension with Panthers

    It appears that Greg Olsen isn't quite ready to hang up his cleats and head to the booth to be an analyst. Olsen and the Panthers agreed Thursday on a two-year extension, a source informed Adam Schefter of ESPN .
    Swedish FA: 'Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be in Russian Federation  with Sweden'

    Swedish FA: 'Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be in Russian Federation with Sweden'

    Sweden qualified for Russian Federation 2018 without him, beating Italy in a play-off to secure their qualification. It will be the team's first World Cup since 2006 after missing out on the 2010 and 2014 tournaments.
    Landmark pact unites major businesses to end plastic waste for good

    Landmark pact unites major businesses to end plastic waste for good

    These Pact members are responsible for over 80% of the plastic packaging on products sold through United Kingdom supermarkets. The likes of Asda , PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble (P&G) have vowed to eliminate single-use packaging through redesign by 2025.


Most liked

Two Italians charged after man seriously injured in Liverpool match attack
Cox, 53, remains in a criticial condition after being attacked outside Anfield ahead of the Europa League clash . Local Fianna Fáil councillor Damien O'Reilly described Mr Cox as a "cornerstone" of the community.

Bill Cosby found guilty on all 3 counts in indecent assault trial
O'Neill read Cosby's testimony to jurors for almost three hours Wednesday evening. That testimony will be read to the jury Thursday morning by the court reporter.

Vijay Sethupathi to share screen space with Rajinikanth in Karthik Subbaraj's next
His performance in Vikram Vedha , where he played a negative role was well received by the audience as well as critics. Sun Pictures is bankrolling the film for which "Rockstar" Anirudh Ravichander will be composing the music.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (NYSE:TSM)
The earnings growth rate for the next years is an important measure for investors planning to hold onto a stock for several years. As of now, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited has a P/S, P/E and P/B values of 6.38, 16.95 and 3.82 respectively.

Disney Channel's Live-Action 'Kim Possible' Casts Sadie Stanley & Sean Giambrone
Sean Giamborne, on the other hand, we've already seen him play a comic role in ABC's comedy series "The Goldberfs". The movie is set to enter the production tunnel this summer and will be making its way to the cinema in 2019.

Annapurna, Plan B Developing Movie on New York Times' Harvey Weinstein Investigation
The investigation by New York Times' reporters led to the downfall of the Hollywood mogul. Movies such as All the President's Men and Spotlight are the touchstones for the project.

Legionnaires' disease in NYC: What to know
In 2015, 6,000 cases of Legionella infection were recorded in the USA , during the last big legionella outbreak in the States. The best prevention measure is keeping water systems in buildings maintained to reduce the chance of the bacteria growing.

TECH INSIGHT: How Mercedes have adapted for the unique challenges of Baku
I am always in awe of the exceptional drive and hard work they put in ahead of each race as we strive for the top result. It was still not sufficient as they went on to win the titles at a canter in the latter stages of the season.

Patton Oswalt says late wife deserves credit in Golden State Killer case
Following her death, Oswalt worked with investigative journalist Billy Jensen and researcher Paul Haynes to finish the book. DeAngelo is being held without bail in Sacramento .

Is The Stock A Good Investment?: DR Horton Inc (NYSE: DHI)
On 4/26/2018 announced a quarterly dividend of $0.1250 1.11% with an ex dividend date of which will be payable on 5/11/2018. It has underperformed by 5.94% the S&P500. ( NYSE : DHI ) earned "Market Perform" rating by Wood on Friday, December 8.

(NYSE:MRK) Price Target Raised to $70.00
Argus Research downgraded Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: MRK ) earned "Sell" rating by Jefferies on Friday, October 20. Jefferies maintained it with "Hold" rating and $5500 target in Friday, March 23 report. (NYSE: MRK ) or 21,160 shares.

Pregnant Cardi B is taking a break from performing
Cardi B , also known for featuring on Bruno Mars's hit track Finesse, has had a meteoric rise to fame over the past year. Day 2 Pregnant Cardi B dressed in all white showing her tattoos on her legs performs at Coachella in Indio Ca.

Higher menu prices help boost Chipotle key sales figure
The stock has a market capitalization of $9,236.82, a price-to-earnings ratio of 51.44, a PEG ratio of 2.28 and a beta of 0.55. Independent Franchise Partners LLP acquired a new stake in Chipotle Mexican Grill in the 4th quarter worth about $107,391,000.

SA bonds firmer as European Central Bank keeps rates unchanged
Treasuries gathered pace, although a looming European Central Bank meeting injected a note of caution into regional debt markets. Key Q1 2018 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) projections from France, Spain and the USA will be published throughout the day.

IPL 2018: SRH vs KXIP Preview
This could be a point where the team strategy of Hyderabad should be keeping the players off the field. Sunrisers, on the other hand, retained the team that had defended 118 against Mumbai Indians.