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. The age limit has been extended to 16 years from the earlier set age bar of 13 years. This measure has been pulled out while considering the upgradations in the privacy policies across the European region.
To make it more clear, WhatsApp has clearly said, they are not collecting personal information of its user in any way through the new agreement.
“We are not asking for new rights to collect personal information with this update. Our goal is simply to explain how we use and protect the limited information we have about you,” it added.
The changes in privacy policies have come under serious consideration after the recent chaos of Facebook data breach and WhatsApp being the Facebook's entity, has to go through the brunt. The European Union is quite particular about the WhatsApp’s end-to-end encrypted messaging service and the data it shares with Facebook.
“WhatsApp cares deeply about your privacy and security. Every message and call is secured by end-to-end encryption so that no one, not even WhatsApp, can read or listen to your conversations. In the coming weeks, you will be able to download and see the limited data that we collect. This feature will be rolling out to all users around the world on the newest version of the app,” WhatsApp added.
In order to further extend the assurance, WhatsApp will allow all its user to download the data which gets collected by the company. As of now, WhatsApp hasn’t made it clear how the age limit will be checked given the limited data requested.
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. Apart from WhatsApp, Facebook acquired all other platforms like Oculus, Instagram and Facebook itself also are complying with all the GDPR related changes.