Whatsapp will raise the minimum age to use the application to 16 years. Until now, the social network set the limit at 13 years old or the minimum age required in each country to be authorized to use the services without parental approval, as the company said on its website. This measure will come in the next few weeks, according to reports WABetaInfo through your Twitter profile. The portal notes that the amendment of the regulations could be made concretely prior to the 25th of may, the day which begins to be applicable with all its consequences, the european regulation of data protection in 2016.
“In Spain, now the limit should be 14 years of age and with parental permission for the regulation of data protection”, said Juan Pablo Peñarrubia, president of the General Council of Professional Associations of Computer Engineering (CCII). But Peñarrubia doubts that the new regulations that Whatsapp intends to implement is going to live up to: “I Know countless under the age of 13 who use Whatsapp now”.
In order to respect new 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) 12 de abril de 2018
The president of the General Council of Professional Associations of Computer Engineering, points out that one of the measures to control compliance with the legislation would be that the telephone operator will provide the service provider —in this case Whatsapp— the age of the owner of the phone. “You have to normalize the fact of incorporating a minor as an owner of the mobile mount and reliable mechanisms to know if behind a line there’s a minor,” he says.