Google introduces a new policy for accounts of minors

Google has announced changes to its privacy policy aimed at protecting children in the online space. In particular, people under 18 will now be able to request removal of their photos from search results. Their parents or guardians will also be able to request this for them.

In the coming months, Google will prohibit targeting ads to minors based on their gender, age and interests. Developers are also going to make a number of changes to the accounts of people under 18:

  • in YouTube, search and other services of the company, the content uploaded by children will become private by default, although if you want it can be made public;
  • Safe Mode will be turned on in search in the coming months, carefully filtering search results;
  • Location history for minors will be disabled by default with no option to turn it on;
  • Google Play will feature “teacher-approved apps” that will detail how they use the data they collect;
  • Digital Wellbeing will have new filters that allow parents to block news, podcasts and access to certain Web pages.
  • Google will also release engaging and easy-to-understand materials to help better understand data practices. These resources will begin rolling out worldwide in the coming months.

Recall that Apple also previously announced new systems to protect children from abuse and unwanted content.