Thursday, 16 August, 2018

WhatsApp Raise Age Limit & Millions Of Teens Banned From Next Month

The significant gap between data privacy and consumer trust. Source PRNews The significant gap between data privacy and consumer trust. Source PRNews
Kenneth Drake | 25 April, 2018, 16:04

Prior to this and for the most part with regards to online services, it requires users to be at least 13 years old.

The new laws also give regulators the power to fine corporations up to 4 per cent of their global turnover or €20 million, whichever is larger, for failing to meet the tough new data protection requirements. Now users have to be a minimum of 16 years old. However, it has not clarified how the app will verify the user's age.

But WhatsApp said it still wanted to exchange data with its parent company in order to "work closer with other Facebook companies in the future".

With exactly a month left for European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to come into effect, Twitter has updated its "Terms and Privacy Policy", which aims to give its users more transparency over their data.

WhatsApp, part of social media network Facebook, ensured that all messages within the platform have end-to-end encryption after reports emerged a year ago that its messages can be intercepted by the authorities. Basically, these rules say that services which collect data from users should have more restrictive privacy settings concerning personal information by default and additional collection of data should all be opt-in features and not the current opt-out situation.


WhatsApp was founded back in the year 2009, it has come under a lot of pressure due to its end-to-end encrypted messages and it has now suspended the plan to increase the amount of data shared with Facebook, so the advertisers could be targeted more effectively. As per its new privacy policy that would apply to the European region, all users between 13 and 15 will be required to have a parent or legal guardian agree to their ward using the social media platform. If they don't follow this step, they won't have access to a "fully personalised" version of Facebook.

In line with Facebook, WhatsApp's minimum age of use will remain 13 across the rest of the world.

The messaging firm has however reaffirmed its commitment to safeguarding users privacy at all cost.

It would also allow consumers the right to opt out and keep their information private by disabling data tracking and collection, and mandate that users be notified of a privacy violation within 72 hours. It has made substantial changes in the past, including allowing users to download a copy of their data from the app.

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