WhatsApp has over 1.5 billion users worldwide. Soon, the company could exclude some of this user base if the minimum age is raised to 16 years. This report at least the generally well-informed WhatsApp experts from WABetaInfo.
New age for WhatsApp
Already on May 25, 2018, new terms and conditions of WhatsApp could enter into force. The biggest change should relate to the minimum age of users. According to WABetaInfo this is raised from 13 to 16 years. Since the date coincides with the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO), it seems reasonable to assume that there is a connection with the new regulation.
According to the GDPR, all users must agree to the processing of their personal data. Among other things, the regulation prohibits the processing of data of persons who have not yet reached the age of 16 years. It would thus be necessary for the legal guardians to agree.
WhatsApp would avoid changing future problems and gain legal protection. In practice, however, the change is unlikely to be practical, as age control is unlikely to go beyond the date of birth.
WhatsApp Terms of Service (available in future, **** maybe **** no later than 25 May), WhatsApp requires you to be at least 16 years old to use their services (13 is minimum age, currently).
– WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo)