Facebook warns GDPR could flatten or reduce European user count

Facebook warns GDPR could flatten or reduce European user count

Facebook warns GDPR could flatten or reduce European user count

Popular messaging app WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, rises the minimum age of its users from 13 to 16 years old in Europe. The update will be effective from May 25, 2018, when Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, for European users only.

WhatsApp says the update ensured it could "meet the new high standards of transparency for how we protect the privacy of our users".

The company offered assurances that it "understands the importance of keeping your data safe" and is "committed to confronting abuse and to putting you in control of your privacy".

The age limit will remain at 13 years in the rest of the world, as is the case with most social media apps including Snapchat and Twitter.

Up until now you had to be at least 13 to use the mobile messaging app WhatsApp. Twitter says that is using this information "to better understand the use of services" and that is not associating the "web browsing history with your name, email address, phone number, or username".

Privacy advocates warn that these changes won't fundamentally change the relationship between consumers and tech companies, many of which make their profits by collecting data on users, building individual profiles and selling advertising based on the resulting troves of data.

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It's because of new European Union data privacy regulations coming into force in May. "The new world we are living in caused these rule changes".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during congressional testimony this month that he would apply European privacy standards to U.S. users.

Previously we can see Facebook's download tool and the new Instagram data download tool offering a link to users within 48 hours.

If they don't get permission, teems will get a generic version of Facebook that's not customised for them. "Most importantly, you should have meaningful control over both", he added.

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.

WhatsApp is also allowing users to download a report containing details on the data it holds on them, which will be rolling out to all users, not just those under the governance of GDPR.

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