You have to be 16 or older to access WhatsApp in Europe

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The popular app previously allowed 13-year-old users to access the service, but ahead of new data privacy rules coming into force next month, the minimum age at which people can register is being raised to 16.

A company spokesperson said that users between the ages of 13 and 15 in some European Union countries will need permission from a parent or guardian to use some of the platform's features.

We are not asking for new rights to collect personal information with this update. "You have the final say about whether and how we process your personal data". WhatsApp says the age-restriction for other countries around the world will remain at 13-years-of-age.

WhatsApp haven't yet announced how they intend to keep under-16s off the platform, but with a quarter of all 13-16 year olds using WhatsApp in the United Kingdom alone, they have a tough job on their hands.

WhatsApp have also stressed that nobody, including WhatsApp or Facebook can read messages sent via end-to-end encryption on the messaging service.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during congressional testimony this month that he would apply European privacy standards to U.S. users. Facebook employed "dark patterns" in the design of the consent flow, coercing users to agree to the changes without fully considering them. The confirmation comes alongside a set of new terms of service and privacy policy issued from WhatsApp's Irish headquarters.

The broadcaster adds that some other tech companies, including Apple, will give all of their users, regardless of where they live, the same data rights. He also said that while Facebook doesn't expect a significant impact on ads from GDPR, there may be a slight impact and it will be monitoring for that.

The EU's far-reaching General Data Protection Regulation will raise the bar on data protection and introduce more regulations for businesses. "Most importantly, you should have meaningful control over both".

The EU's GDPR is the biggest overhaul of online privacy since the birth of the internet, giving Europeans the right to know what data is stored on them and the right to have it deleted. In the coming weeks, you will be able to download and see the limited data that we collect.

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