The WhatsApp messaging application has announced plans to modify its Terms of Service, increasing the minimum age to use its service to 16 years. The change will affect its user community in countries including Spain, where it is currently just 13 years of age .
The modification to the terms could be introduced by 25 May.
WhatsApp users will probably be informed via a message in the app about the amended data protection conditions. However, the new minimum age does not mean that people under the age of 16 are no longer allowed to use WhatsApp. Such users then require the consent of a parent or guardian.
However it will be very unlikely that WhatsApp checks the actual age of the user.