By Thomas Manley.
Popular messaging and multimedia app WhatsApp has recently announced that they are to raise the age restriction to 16 in order to use their services.
The messaging service currently requires a user to be over the age of 13, however from May 25 the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will force this to change.
The service, owned by Facebook, will ask users to now confirm their age when they agree to the new terms of service in the upcoming weeks.
In a statement from the GDPR, they have stressed that: “The aim of the GDPR is to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches in an increasingly data-driven world that is vastly different from the time in which the 1995 directive was established.”
Social media giants, Facebook and Twitter, also have to introduce a new term of services in preparation of the GDPR launch. This is so these businesses are meeting the requirements that are included in the new regulations
For users, the regulation gives the, greater power to access and control the data they have entered in to these apps. Users also will have he right to delete their own personal information if they feel need to.
WhatsApp have stated the new update ensured that it will “meet the new high standards of transparency for how we protect the privacy of our users.”
Locals in Horsforth have described the new regulations as a good idea. One said “it’s a good idea as it makes it safer and keeps younger children out of danger.”
Another local stressed their happiness over the fact that users will have more control over their data and can delete some data if they wish, as he said: “The regulation stops my personal data getting in to the wrong hands and stops the leaking of information without my consent. It’s fantastic.”
With this coming in to effect on the 25th of May, it shows that gradually users are having more control of the personal data they submit.