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WhatApp bans millions of users in the UK

WhatsApp makes first move to charge business users

Millions of people have just been banned from using Whatsapp in the UK.

Until now, users had to be at least 13 years old to use the app, but all that has changed following the introduction of strict European data privacy laws.

Users will be asked to confirm they’re 16 when they agree with a new terms of service and privacy policy.

What’s less clear is whether there’ll be any further checks – or if WhatsApp will kick off users it believes to be under 16.

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Under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on May 25, users have rights about how their data is stored and used.

GDPR is the biggest overhaul of online privacy since the birth of the internet, giving Europeans the right to know what data is stored on them and the right to have it deleted.

 

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