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Major update to child privacy act, Malaria vaccine prequalified

WHO prequalifies a major malaria vaccine for global use, and FTC plans to strengthen child online privacy laws, shifting safety responsibilities.

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[7.4] WHO prequalifies R21/Matrix-M malaria vaccine for mass deployment — Health Policy Watch

The World Health Organization (WHO) has prequalified the R21/Matrix-M malaria vaccine, allowing for mass deployment in malaria-endemic regions. Developed by Oxford University and manufactured by Serum Institute of India, the vaccine is set to greatly expand access to malaria vaccination, with 100 million doses ready for rollout. WHO's prequalification ensures safe and effective manufacture, aiming to combat the disease that causes nearly half a million child deaths annually in Africa.

[7.0] FTC proposes updates to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act — The New York Times [$]

The Federal Trade Commission proposed major revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, aimed at enhancing online safety for children. Key proposals include disabling targeted ads for users under 13 by default, prohibiting the use of personal data for platform engagement, strengthening data security, and restricting data collection by educational apps to non-commercial purposes.

These changes intend to transfer online safety responsibilities from parents to digital services, significantly altering how platforms handle and monetize children's data. The public has 60 days to comment before the FTC votes on these proposals.

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