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

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

EU Commission seeks feedback to extending rules ending roaming fees – Telco/ISP- Tempemail

The European Commission has sought feedback to its planned extension of rules which ended mobile roaming charges across the bloc three years ago, with the move likely to trigger battles between telecoms operators on wholesale price caps. While EU users do not pay additional charges when making a call, sending Continue Reading

Competition Commission Approves Cell C Recapitalisation | Tempemail

Image sourced from Town Press The Competition Commission announced that the proposed acquisition of Cell C assets by Gatsby SPV has been conditionally approved. “The Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal to conditionally approve the proposed transaction in which Gatsby SPV intends to acquire certain assets of the mobile Continue Reading

MTN and Competition Commission Finally Agree on Reduced Data Prices | Tempemail

Image sourced from Pinterest. MTN South Africa announced that it has officially finalised an agreement with the Competition Commission on a wide array of price adjustments – implemented 15 April. This agreement follows the Commission’s Data Service Market Inquiry in December 2019 and subsequent negotiations between the Commission and industry. Continue Reading

US government commission rolls out doomsday plan for cyberwar – Strategy – Cloud- Tempemail

A government report published on Wednesday outlines a cyberwar doomsday plan and recommends Washington make sweeping changes to address other cybersecurity challenges facing the country. The report, authored by a US government-funded bipartisan group, named the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, advises that Congress pass a series of bills to create new Continue Reading

Victorian Electoral Commission overhauls cyber following “damning” audit – Strategy – Projects – Security- Tempemail

In January 2018 the Victorian Electoral Commission received a “damning” audit of its cyber security operations that highlighted 19 areas of concern and found zero maturity against the Australian Signals Directorate’s Essential Eight. Due to the size and complexity of the work that needed to be done in such a Continue Reading

Human Rights Commission wants moratorium on expanding facial recognition – Strategy – Cloud – Networking – Security

Australia’s human rights watchdog has taken a bite out of the rapidly expanding facial recognition and biometric matching market, proposing the government institute an interim ban on using the controversial technology for decision making because it is flaky and struggles with people of colour. In a sharply critical assessment of Continue Reading