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United States Privacy Digest | Facebook announces targeted ads restrictions for kids, new Data Protection Assessment initiative Related reading: Momentum to better protect children's privacy in Australia



  • Facebook announced plans to curtail targeted advertising capabilities to minors in the coming weeks. Targeting categories for children under 18 will be limited to age, gender and location, with Facebook noting advocates indicated young people "may not be well equipped" to make decisions on opting out of targeting. The limitations will apply to Facebook's home website and subsidiaries, including Instagram and Messenger. Additionally, Facebook announced new Instagram users age 16 and under will have their accounts automatically set to "private" when they sign up.
  • Facebook introduced an initiative laying out requirements for developers with applications that access advanced permissions, Adweek reports. The Data Protection Assessment is a questionnaire asking developers how they protect, share and use platform data.

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