WhatsApp is banning under-16s in Europe ahead of GDPR

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The Facebook-owned messaging service that has more than 1.5 billion users will ask people in the 28 European Union states to confirm they are 16 or older as part of a prompt to accept a new terms of service and an updated privacy policy in the next few weeks. People will also have the right to have their personal data erased. It said: "Our goal is simply to explain how we use and protect the limited information we have about you". That age is 13, which is in line with the US's Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (Coppa). The company has announced its updated privacy policy and terms of service. "It's optimised for both mobile and web", Kieran said.

WhatsApp cares deeply about your privacy and security.

WhatsApp will also soon allow users to download a report detailing everything the app knows about you.

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The "Social Media Privacy and Consumer Rights Act" introduced by Republican Senator John Kennedy and Democrat Amy Klobuchar would require terms of service agreements to be in plain language, and enable users to see what information about them has already been collected and shared.

"We'll also show you a simple chart that categorizes the legal basis for the personal data we process".

Are you excited to get this major update of WhatsApp? "Most importantly, you should have meaningful control over both", he added. You'll then be brought to your individual Settings and Privacy section, where we will ask you to review your key current settings.

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The EU Parliament approved the GDPR on April 14, 2016, after four years of debate. Relying on Facebook or Instagram accounts is likely out of the question, seeing as how the ICO has ruled WhatsApp and Facebook aren't allowed to share user's data.

Despite its avowed support for user data protection, WhatsApp has come under regulatory scrutiny in Europe in recent weeks for alleged plans to share user information such as phone numbers with parent company Facebook to improve ad targeting and other services. "This feature, Request Account Info, will be rolling out to all users around the world on the newest version of the app", the company says.

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