Major tech companies are rolling out tools for GDPR compliance.
25 May will see GDPR officially come into force and companies are quickly publicising tools and changes being created in order to achieve compliance.
WhatsApp and Instagram, both owned by Facebook, are among the tech firms unveiling new features prior to the fast-approaching deadline.
Age changes for WhatsApp
It is not yet clear how the age limit will be checked given the data collection limitations within WhatsApp itself. Parent company Facebook will be asking teens between 13 and 15 to nominate a parent or guardian to give permission for them to share information on the platform. If this is not done, users will not see the fully personalised version of Facebook.
WhatsApp is also allowing users to download a report containing details on the data it holds on them, which will be rolling out to all users, not just those under the governance of GDPR.
Data dossiers are now accessible
Instagram has announced it is rolling out the same ability for users to download their data if they want to leave the network. This can be accessed under ‘Data Download’ in the app’s privacy settings.
A spokesperson confirmed the news to TechCrunch: “The Data Download tool is currently accessible to everyone on the web, but access via iOS and Android is still rolling out.”
The data download feature is part of an effort to comply with the data portability rule within GDPR. You can request to download all your data from the platform, and Instagram will send you an email with a download link once it has managed to gather everything in one place. The process can supposedly take up to 48 hours.