WhatsApp now banned for children and teens under 16 in some places

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During the next few weeks, WhatsApp will ask its users to agree to new terms of service and the users in Europe will be asked to confirm that they are at least 16 years of age.

Facebook too is in the process of tightening its privacy rules post the data breach scandal.

The GDPR replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and aims to reshape the way organisations across the Europe approach data privacy.

Brian Acton, one of the co-founders of WhatsApp, has taken to Twitter to call for people to abandon the world's largest social media platform.

WhatsApp revealed the changes in a blog posting, in which it pointed to the imminent introduction of the tougher privacy laws.

As part of the changes, WhatsApp has updated its age restrictions for using the service in Europe.

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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. In another move, Facebook will hereafter ask for parental approval from teens falling between 13 and 15 years to share their personal information.

WhatsApp suspended the change in Europe after widespread regulatory scrutiny, and signed an undertaking in March with the UK Information commissioner's office to not share any European Union citizen's data with Facebook until GDPR comes into force. 13 remains the age limit in non-European regions.

"We are not asking for new rights to collect personal information with this update".

The regulations also give users greater powers to access and control how their data is used, and the right to have personal data erased.

If they don't get permission, they'll see a more generic version of Facebook that's not customized based on their data.

GDPR will be the biggest overhaul of data protection laws in the world and has been designed to create a unified set of standards that all companies adhere to. WhatsAppp will also be following in the footsteps of Facebook and Instagram, letting users download all the data the company has collected - including phone model, network, and blocked numbers.

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