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WhatsApp to Raise Minimum Age Limit in EU

The popular messaging service WhatsApp is raising its minimum age limit to 16 in the EU.

The popular messaging service WhatsApp is raising its minimum age limit to 16 in the EU. Rosemary Jay is a data protection lawyer at the legal firm Hunton Andrews, and tells how the move brings WhatsApp in line with new European data protection laws. And we hear about the impact of social media use on children from Philip Powell, a research fellow in economics at Sheffield University in the UK. Also in the programme, as the international row over what Facebook does with users' data intensifies, our regular economic commentator Irwin Stelzer of the Hudson Institute tells us how likely it is that regulatory reform will follow in the US. Japan's Takeda has made a preliminary offer for the drugmaker Shire. Jay Ayer is executive director of the Access to Medicines Foundation in Amsterdam, and offers her perspective on the proposed deal. As France's president Emmanuel Macron concludes his US visit, Nicholas Dungan, senior fellow at the US international relations research group the Atlantic Council tells us what he thinks the visit achieved. Plus as France bans vegetarian food producers from using words like steak, bacon or sausage, French cattle farmer and member of parliament Jean-Baptiste Moreau explains why he proposed the law, and we get reaction from Felix Hnat, president of the European Vegetarian Union.

(Picture: A WhatsApp logo. Picture credit: Getty Images.)

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