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Media company ACM has struck a deal with Facebook to provide its news coverage of Canberra and Australia’s key regional population centres to millions of online readers through Facebook News. ACM, the publisher of this masthead, announced on Tuesday that it had signed a letter of intent with the social media giant for use of news articles and other content published by more than 40 of its titles, including The Canberra Times, Newcastle Herald, Illawarra Mercury, Ballarat’s The Courier and Bendigo Advertiser in Victoria and Tasmania’s The Examiner and The Advocate. The agreement, subject to the signing of a long-form deal between the companies, is a multi-year arrangement to secure premium Australian journalism for Facebook’s upcoming news product. ACM managing director Tony Kendall said the support of Facebook would enable ACM “to continue to build our digital platforms and grow our audience for our original news”. “We’re passionate about keeping our communities strong, informed and connected and this partnership will ensure our trusted regional and rural news will reach new audiences,” Mr Kendall said. Facebook News – a separate feed containing only news – is expected to be introduced to Australian users by the end of the year. Facebook Australia and New Zealand’s news partnership lead Andrew Hunter said the letter of intent with ACM “solidifies our partnership and gives us access to premium local news to support our upcoming Facebook News product that we plan to bring to Australia”. “We are committed to help publishers reach news audiences and build sustainable business models,” Mr Hunter said. “We are continuing to invest in programs to support journalism and our agreement with ACM continues our work with the news community in Australia.” Financial terms of Facebook’s deal with ACM have not been disclosed. The global platform has done deals or signed letters of intent with six other Australian news organisations so far: Seven West Media, News Corp, Sky News, Schwartz Media, Private Media and Solstice Media. Under the landmark News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code passed by federal parliament at the end of February, Google and Facebook are required to make commercial agreements to pay Australian news businesses for their content or risk hefty fines of up to 10 per cent of their annual revenues. Facebook made global headlines in mid-February when it blocked all news content on its platform in Australia before Treasurer Josh Frydenberg negotiated last-minute amendments to the code with the social network’s founder Mark Zuckerberg. ACM has already partnered with Google to curate the journalism of its 14 daily mastheads for users of the global search giant’s Google News Showcase platform. Victoria’s Times News Group, operator of seven free weekly newspapers including Surf Coast Times and Geelong Times, is the latest Australian publisher to sign a content agreement with Google. “Our partnership demonstrates our enthusiasm for supporting quality local news through News Showcase,” Google’s Asia-Pacific head of news, web and publishing product partnerships Kate Beddoe said. Last week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission granted small regional and local newspapers permission to bargain collectively with Google and Facebook through the Country Press Association.

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Media company ACM has struck a deal with Facebook to provide its news coverage of Canberra and Australia’s key regional population centres to millions of online readers through Facebook News.

ACM, the publisher of this masthead, announced on Tuesday that it had signed a letter of intent with the social media giant for use of news articles and other content published by more than 40 of its titles, including The Canberra Times, Newcastle Herald, Illawarra Mercury, Ballarat’s The Courier and Bendigo Advertiser in Victoria and Tasmania’s The Examiner and The Advocate.

The agreement, subject to the signing of a long-form deal between the companies, is a multi-year arrangement to secure premium Australian journalism for Facebook’s upcoming news product.

ACM managing director Tony Kendall said the support of Facebook would enable ACM “to continue to build our digital platforms and grow our audience for our original news”.

“We’re passionate about keeping our communities strong, informed and connected and this partnership will ensure our trusted regional and rural news will reach new audiences,” Mr Kendall said.

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ACM managing director Tony Kendall said the partnership with Facebook would help grow the news publisher's audience for its journalism.

ACM managing director Tony Kendall said the partnership with Facebook would help grow the news publisher’s audience for its journalism.

Facebook Australia and New Zealand’s news partnership lead Andrew Hunter said the letter of intent with ACM “solidifies our partnership and gives us access to premium local news to support our upcoming Facebook News product that we plan to bring to Australia”.

“We are committed to help publishers reach news audiences and build sustainable business models,” Mr Hunter said.

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“We are continuing to invest in programs to support journalism and our agreement with ACM continues our work with the news community in Australia.”

Financial terms of Facebook’s deal with ACM have not been disclosed.

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The global platform has done deals or signed letters of intent with six other Australian news organisations so far: Seven West Media, News Corp, Sky News, Schwartz Media, Private Media and Solstice Media.


The ACM news network stretches into every state and territory and includes 14 daily newspapers, such as The Canberra Times and Newcastle Herald.


The ACM news network stretches into every state and territory and includes 14 daily newspapers, such as The Canberra Times and Newcastle Herald.

Under the landmark News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code passed by federal parliament at the end of February, Google and Facebook are required to make commercial agreements to pay Australian news businesses for their content or risk hefty fines of up to 10 per cent of their annual revenues.

Facebook made global headlines in mid-February when it blocked all news content on its platform in Australia before Treasurer Josh Frydenberg negotiated last-minute amendments to the code with the social network’s founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Victoria’s Times News Group, operator of seven free weekly newspapers including Surf Coast Times and Geelong Times, is the latest Australian publisher to sign a content agreement with Google.

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“Our partnership demonstrates our enthusiasm for supporting quality local news through News Showcase,” Google’s Asia-Pacific head of news, web and publishing product partnerships Kate Beddoe said.

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Introducing an Update to the Data Protection Assessment

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Over the coming year, some apps with access to certain types of user data on our platforms will be required to complete the annual Data Protection Assessment. We have made a number of improvements to this process since our launch last year, when we introduced our first iteration of the assessment.

The updated Data Protection Assessment will include a new developer experience that is enhanced through streamlined communications, direct support, and clear status updates. Today, we’re sharing what you can expect from these new updates and how you can best prepare for completing this important privacy requirement if your app is within scope.

If your app is in scope for the Data Protection Assessment, and you’re an app admin, you’ll receive an email and a message in your app’s Alert Inbox when it’s time to complete the annual assessment. You and your team of experts will then have 60 calendar days to complete the assessment. We’ve built a new platform that enhances the user experience of completing the Data Protection Assessment. These updates to the platform are based on learnings over the past year from our partnership with the developer community. When completing the assessment, you can expect:

  • Streamlined communication: All communications and required actions will be through the My Apps page. You’ll be notified of pending communications requiring your response via your Alerts Inbox, email, and notifications in the My Apps page.

    Note: Other programs may still communicate with you through the App Contact Email.

  • Available support: Ability to engage with Meta teams via the Support tool to seek clarification on the questions within the Data Protection Assessment prior to submission and help with any requests for more info, or to resolve violations.

    Note: To access this feature, you will need to add the app and app admins to your Business Manager. Please refer to those links for step-by-step guides.

  • Clear status updates: Easy to understand status and timeline indicators throughout the process in the App Dashboard, App Settings, and My Apps page.
  • Straightforward reviewer follow-ups: Streamlined experience for any follow-ups from our reviewers, all via developers.facebook.com.

We’ve included a brief video that provides a walkthrough of the experience you’ll have with the Data Protection Assessment:

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The Data Protection Assessment elevates the importance of data security and helps gain the trust of the billions of people who use our products and services around the world. That’s why we are committed to providing a seamless experience for our partners as you complete this important privacy requirement.

Here is what you can do now to prepare for the assessment:

  1. Make sure you are reachable: Update your developer or business account contact email and notification settings.
  2. Review the questions in the Data Protection Assessment and engage with your teams on how best to answer these questions. You may have to enlist the help of your legal and information security points of contact to answer some parts of the assessment.
  3. Review Meta Platform Terms and our Developer Policies.

We know that when people choose to share their data, we’re able to work with the developer community to safely deliver rich and relevant experiences that create value for people and businesses. It’s a privilege we share when people grant us access to their data, and it’s imperative that we protect that data in order to maintain and build upon their trust. This is why the Data Protection Assessment focuses on data use, data sharing and data security.

Data privacy is challenging and complex, and we’re dedicated to continuously improving the processes to safeguard user privacy on our platform. Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to build a safer, more sustainable platform.

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Resources for Completing App Store Data Practice Questionnaires for Apps That Include the Facebook or Audience Network SDK

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Resources for Completing App Store Data Practice Questionnaires for Apps That Include the Facebook or Audience Network SDK

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Resources for Completing App Store Data Practice Questionnaires for Apps That Include the Facebook or Audience Network SDK

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Updated July 18: Developers and advertising partners may be required to share information on their app’s privacy practices in third party app stores, such as Google Play and the Apple App Store, including the functionality of SDKs provided by Meta. To help make it easier for you to complete these requirements, we have consolidated information that explains our data collection practices for the Facebook and Audience Network SDKs.

Facebook SDK

To provide functionality within the Facebook SDK, we may receive and process certain contact, location, identifier, and device information associated with Facebook users and their use of your application. The information we receive depends on what SDK features 3rd party applications use and we have structured the document below according to these features.

App Ads, Facebook Analytics, & App Events

Facebook App Events allow you to measure the performance of your app using Facebook Analytics, measure conversions associated with Facebook ads, and build audiences to acquire new users as well as re-engage existing users. There are a number of different ways your app can use app events to keep track of when people take specific actions such as installing your app or completing a purchase.

With Facebook SDK, there are app events that are automatically logged (app installs, app launches, and in-app purchases) and collected for Facebook Analytics unless you disable automatic event logging. Developers determine what events to send to Facebook from a list of standard events, or via a custom event.

When developers send Facebook custom events, these events could include data types outside of standard events. Developers control sending these events to Facebook either directly via application code or in Events Manager for codeless app events. Developers can review their code and Events Manager to determine which data types they are sending to Facebook. It’s the developer’s responsibility to ensure this is reflected in their application’s privacy policy.

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Advanced Matching

Developers may also send us additional user contact information in code, or via the Events Manager. Advanced matching functionality may use the following data, if sent:

  • email address, name, phone number, physical address (city, state or province, zip or postal code and country), gender, and date of birth.
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Facebook Login

There are two scenarios for applications that use Facebook Login via the Facebook SDK: Authenticated Sign Up or Sign In, and User Data Access via Permissions. For authentication, a unique, app-specific identifier tied to a user’s Facebook Account enables the user to sign in to your app. For Data Access, a user must explicitly grant your app permission to access data.

Note: Since Facebook Login is part of the Facebook SDK, we may collect other information referenced here when you use Facebook Login, depending on your settings.

Device Information

We may also receive and process the following information if your app is integrated with the Facebook SDK:

  • Device identifiers;
  • Device attributes, such as device model and screen dimensions, CPU core, storage size, SDK version, OS and app versions, and app package name; and
  • Networking information, such as the name of the mobile operator or ISP, language, time zone, and IP address.

Audience Network SDK

We may receive and process the following information when you use the Audience Network SDK to integrate Audience Network ads in your app:

  • Device identifiers;
  • Device attributes, such as device model and screen dimensions, operating system, mediation platform and SDK versions; and
  • Ad performance information, such as impressions, clicks, placement, and viewability.

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