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Popular messaging service WhatsApp, which had more than 1.5 billion users in January, said in a blog post on Tuesday that it was increasing the minimum age to comply with new data privacy rules in Europe that come into force in May.

Facebook has also come under pressure from regulators and lawmakers around the world since disclosing last month that the personal information of 87 million users ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. It said: "Our goal is simply to explain how we use and protect the limited information we have about you".

While this means huge changes for organisations, the changes for consumers will mostly centre around access to your online data. The company has announced its updated privacy policy and terms of service.

WhatsApp cares deeply about your privacy and security.


It would also allow consumers the right to opt out and keep their information private by disabling data tracking and collection, and mandate that users be notified of a privacy violation within 72 hours. "Here you can see what data Twitter has relating to your account and you can decide whether you want to share it or not", the post said. If you have received this new update follow the steps below. All the data can be easily available for you to download. You'll then be brought to your individual Settings and Privacy section, where we will ask you to review your key current settings. "Most importantly, you should have meaningful control over both", he added. Organisations failing to comply with the new regulation may face hefty fines. The move comes ahead of the implementation of new data protection regulations in Europe.

The Facebook app has also setup an entity within the European Union to focus on implementing these different terms and "to meet the new high standards of transparency" that WhatsApp claims it will provide for its European Union users.

It is also worth noting the fact that both Instagram and WhatsApp are owned by the social media giant Facebook that already is giving an option to its users as a part of "Download your Information" tool which was announced back in 2010.


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