WhatsApp Raises Minimum Age Limit to 16 in European Union

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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.

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But Carson sees the initiative as an opportunity to encourage self-sufficiency for those receiving public housing assistance. They have also expressed doubts about the proposed expansion of state job training programs for recipients.

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.

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