WhatsApp to Up User Age Limit in EU After Pressure

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Popular messaging service Whatsapp is banning under-16s from using its platform in the European Union.

Since the growth of internet all over the world, the Europeans framed themselves certain regulations called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law that has to be complied by service providers like WhatsApp, Facebook and others.

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. The service hasn't provided any details on how it will go about verifying users ages.

Apart from this, the company, which has a data policy of its own, will also be giving the users an option of downloading a copy of their user data from WhatsApp.

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In an update coming in the not-so-distant future, WhatsApp will allow users to download all the information that WhatsApp collects about them.

However, users will first have to request their account information for downloading a copy of their user data. In the wake of the current Cambridge Analytica scandal engulfing parent company Facebook, the very same policy has, in fact, become a boon - in the wake of the crisis, WhatsApp clarified that its encryption policies meant that none of the user messages on the platform had been stored. The new rules also include specific protections to protect children from having personal data collected for marketing purposes or to create user profiles. In preparation for GDPR, Facebook stated that it will ask users between the ages of 13 and 15 to get parental permission for using the platform; if users are unable to procure this permission, they will see a more limited and generic version of the platform.

Twitter said their new privacy policy will offer more focus on "the controls" they give consumers regarding the use of their personal information.

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