WhatsApp will ban under-16s from using its app across Europe

WhatsApp has announced that it is raising the minimum age limit of its users to 16 across Europe.

The current minimum age to use the app in Europe is 13, but the firm is enforcing stricter rules from next month.

Users living in Europe will be prompted to accept new terms of service next month, and to confirm that they are at least 16 years old.

It is unclear how WhatsApp will verify this age-confirmation.

In a blog announcing the changes, a spokesperson for WhatsApp said: “If you live in a country in the European Region, you must be at least 16 years old to use our Services or such greater age required in your country to register for or use our Services.

“If you live in any other country except those in the European Region, you must be at least 13 years old.”

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook , also announced several other changes in the blog.

Users will be able to download a report about the data WhatsApp holds on them, including their contacts, groups, blocked numbers, and model of their device.

However, WhatsApp emphasised that the contents of your messages are private.

The blog added: “WhatsApp cares deeply about your privacy and security. Every message and call is secured by end-to-end encryption so that no one, not even WhatsApp, can read or listen to your conversations.”

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