Just before the launch of Europe's new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) privacy standards, WhatsApp has altered the age prerequisites for the European users. In regions outside of Europe, the minimum age to use WhatsApp will remain as 13.
The GDPR replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and aims to reshape the way organisations across the Europe approach data privacy.
WhatsApp, which had more than 1.5 billion users in January, said in a blog post, 'Our goal is simply to explain how we use and protect the limited information we have about you'.
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But like its parent company Facebook doesn't seem to be adopting GDPR-level privacy regulations outside the EU, WhatsApp seemingly has no plans to change the minimum age threshold elsewhere.
In 2017 European regulators disrupted a move by WhatsApp to change its policies to allow it to share users' phone numbers and other information with Facebook for ad targeting and other uses.
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The Facebook app has also setup an entity within the European Union to focus on implementing these different terms and "to meet the new high standards of transparency" that WhatsApp claims it will provide for its European Union users. The age limit has been extended to 16 years from the earlier set age bar of 13 years.
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