The service now doesn't request much user data and, according to a blog post, it doesn't plan to ask for any new rights so it can collect more personal information.
Now, the reason this may be of some interest to local users is that The Protection Of Personal Information Act (POPI) will bring South Africa in line with worldwide standards for the collection, recording, and storage of personal information - including the GDPR.
The age limit will remain at 13 years in the rest of the world, as is the case with most social media apps including Snapchat and Twitter.
At the moment, Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Musical.ly are sticking with their minimum age limit of 13.
However, it is not clear how the free messaging service will check the given age or it will be checked given the limited data request and held by the service.
The GDPR comes into force across the European Union in May, promising a new degree of transparency from data controllers on the way they process people's data. Twitter is also giving users more control over how it shares certain non-public data.More news: Draghi Debrief: Confidence On Growth Sends The EUR/USD Higher
If they don't do this, they won't see a fully personalized version of the site. "The new world we are living in caused these rule changes".
The researcher, Aleksandr Kogan, invented an app called "This is Your Digital Life" in 2014 that invited Facebook users to log in via Facebook and answer personality and demographic questions in exchange for $4.
Tech giants including Apple, Inc. plan to give people in the United States and elsewhere the same privacy protections and rights that Europeans will gain post-GDPR.
Experts say that this decision of WhatsApp was made to comply with General Data Protection Regulation which will come into the force on the 25th of May in Europe.
WhatsApp has assured users that the company does not use information in the same way Facebook does.
Google says that it, too, is applying the same privacy standards globally across its many online services, although as with Facebook there may be minor variations in how these standards are applied.