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

Kershaw believes that if the age limits are being instigated over concerns of exposure to inappropriate content or advertising, it is other networking sites that should be raising the minimum age.

You'll also have the right to access the information companies hold about you. As a Facebook product, WhatsApp, along with Facebook and Oculus have all been updating their terms of service to reflect the EUs GDPR.

Klobuchar said: "Consumers should have the right to control their personal data and that means allowing them to opt out of having their data collected and tracked..."

The data-request feature will be rolling out globally, but the new age limit will only be in force in the European Union; elsewhere, the age limit will stay at 13.

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Lastly, Facebook said it now does not share WhatsApp account information to improve the ad experience on Facebook, however, it did reiterate that it plans to "work closer" with other Facebook companies in future. The cross-checking of a user's age is quite hard for WhatsApp and it has not revealed the measures taken to identify the age range.

"If you live in a country in the European Region, you must be at least 16 years old to use our Services or such greater age required in your country to register for or use our Services", WhatsApp's new Terms of Service say.

But on Tuesday the messaging firm said it wanted to continue sharing data with Facebook at some point.

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.

On a separate ground, Facebook has asked its user to nominate a parent or guardian, so that the user can avail all the services of the social media channel.

WhatsApp said it was not asking for any new rights to collect personal information as part of the new terms.


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