Australia’s competition regulator flags legal cases against tech companies over ads | Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Competition regulator Rod Sims has foreshadowed possible further legal cases against tech groups as a result of inquiries into mobile phone app stores and how ads are sold online. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which Sims chairs, has been investigating so-called “ad tech”, where search engine Google is a Continue Reading

Google faces $400m fine over Fitbit takeover if it doesn’t wait for competition watchdog’s approval | Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Google faces a fine of up to $400m if it takes over Fitbit before the Australian competition regulator completes an investigation into the transaction. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Tuesday rejected an offer from Google to enter into a court-enforceable undertaking limiting the way it would use Continue Reading

Google and Facebook should pay to use ABC and SBS content, ACCC told | Australian media

Google and Facebook should pay to use ABC and SBS content as well as news produced by commercial media, public interest journalism advocates have told the competition watchdog. The funds collected from the digital platforms should be used to to set up an independent public interest journalism fund rather than Continue Reading

Google’s open letter to Australians about news code contains ‘misinformation’, ACCC says | Technology

Google has started targeting Australians with pop-up ads that link to an open letter that contains “misinformation”, according to the consumer watchdog, as the tech company campaigns against a proposed code that would force it to share advertising money with media companies. The international tech giant is waging a campaign Continue Reading

US thinktank linked to Google donations criticised ‘problematic’ ACCC digital media inquiry | Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)- Tempemail

An American thinktank funded partly by undisclosed donations from Google tried to convince Australia’s competition watchdog not to regulate the media giant during a landmark digital platforms inquiry. The Global Antitrust Institute, a thinktank based at Virginia’s George Mason University, last year submitted a strident, 24-page condemnation of preliminary findings Continue Reading

ACCC sues Google for collecting Australian users’ data without informed consent | Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Australia’s consumer rights watchdog has launched legal action against Google for collecting the “potentially sensitive and private” browsing history of its users, allegedly without people’s informed consent. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission alleges that Google misled consumers by not properly informing them about technology that tracked a user’s internet Continue Reading

ACCC to probe Google’s proposed $3bn Fitbit acquisition – Hardware- Tempemail

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is investigating Google’s proposed acquisition of wearable fitness device manufacturer Fitbit over concerns it could adversely affect the digital advertising and health markets. Fitbit announced the deal in November last year to be acquired by Google for US$2.1 billion (A$3.05 billion), which has Continue Reading

ACCC sets consumer data right ‘IT backbone’ live – Finance – Strategy- Tempemail

Australia’s competition regulator has flicked the switch on the register and accreditation application platform (RAAP) for the consumer data right ahead of its planned start in July. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launched the platform, which it has described as the “IT backbone” of the scheme, on Tuesday. The Continue Reading

ACCC questions consumer need for higher-priced 100Mbps NBN services – Telco/ISP- Tempemail

Australia’s competition watchdog took the unusual step of questioning whether consumers really needed to pay a premium for 100Mbps NBN services, given the performance characteristics of cheaper 50Mbps plans. The comments were made in conjunction with the release of new broadband monitoring numbers by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Continue Reading

Vodafone-TPG $15bn merger won’t face ACCC appeal – Telco/ISP- Tempemail

Vodafone and TPG’s $15 billion merger has cleared another hurdle with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deciding not to appeal last month’s Federal Court ruling. The ACCC unsuccessfully tried to block the merger from proceeding, arguing Australia would be better off with more mobile carriers, not fewer. But the Continue Reading