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The government announced a new draft mandatory code of conduct late last week to address “bargaining power imbalances” between Australian commercial media companies and platform giants Facebook and Google, including rules for the platform companies to pay for news content. Developed by the ACCC and now under public consultation, the

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ACCC is taking legal action against Google, alleging it didn’t have the correct form of consent from millions of Australians consumers when it began combining their internet browsing activity with their Google account data in 2016.  The consumer watchdog has today launched Federal Court proceedings against Google alleging the search

Fintechs and banks can now apply for accreditation as a data recipient within Australia’s Consumer Data Right (CDR) regime following the launch of the underlying IT infrastructure that enables the data sharing environment.  ACCC’s Consumer Data Right Register and Accreditation Application Platform (RAAP) is now live, ahead of the July

Adtech’s opaque data collection practices are under the regulator’s microscope and targeted advertising could become opt-in only under potential reforms to Australia’s privacy law. Those are two of the possible changes highlighted by Anna Johnston, Principal of Salinger Privacy, one of Australia’s most respected experts in privacy law.  During a

More than 7 million consumers are now connected to the National Broadband Network, which was able to mostly maintain its typical speeds under the strain of COVID-19 related social distancing measures thanks to temporary allowances to retail providers. The ACCC today revealed 455,000 new NBN services were connected to the

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The ACCC is seeking input on the upcoming mandatory code of conduct between US tech giants Google and Facebook and local news media, exploring issues from what constitutes news and “quality journalism” to how a bargaining model, remuneration and enforcement might work. Stakeholders have until June 5th to make their

Facebook is seeking to distance itself from Google in the ACCC’s current adtech probe, saying it has incorrectly been lumped in with its fellow online advertising giant by the regulator. The tech giants do, however, share the same defence to the competition regulator’s ongoing inquiry: both argue the troves of

Australia’s competition and privacy regulators today released their compliance and enforcement policy for the upcoming Consumer Data Right, opting for a “strategic risk-based” approach that will be updated regularly. In a joint announcement, the ACCC and the Office of The Australian Information Commissioner revealed it will have the right to

Australia’s largest commercial news publishers have fired back at Google’s defense that it is similar to a newsagency window in the ongoing debate over establishing a mandatory code of conduct between platforms and publishers.  In response to the government’s decision to “address bargaining power imbalances” by imposing a binding code

Smaller financial institutions have been granted a three month extension to prepare for their role in Australia’s open banking regime but the July 1st start date remains in place for the major pillars of the launch of the Consumer Data Right (CDR).  Following consultation with stakeholders, the ACCC has extended