There are several ways to temporarily restrict access to your data.
if your data can't be made public, figshare is not the platform you want to use.
Data - both files and metadata - can either be private (not published) or published.
Within those two broad categories, data can also be embargoed or made confidential.
All options for restricting access to your item can be found at the bottom of the editing window, below the license metadata.
For all Published items
For all Private items
|private (= not published)||private link users|
|Metadata visible||No||Yes||No||Yes, includes when embargo will end||No||Yes|
What's the deal with the Private Link? if you choose "Generate private link" in the item editing window, anyone ANYWHERE with that link will be able to view your files regardless of their publishing status. You can disable this link by editing the item and clicking the red x next to Generate Private link.
Use Private Link SPARINGLY.
The option to set an embargo is at the bottom of the item editing window
note that if you want to choose a specific date, the date appears in standard European format dd/mm/yyyy which is compatible with ISO 8601
The option to make your item confidential is also at the bottom of the editing window
In the example above, the item has been published (is "public") but made confidential, and a private link has been generated to share it.