Scammers have taken to using dating apps and cryptocurrencies to lure victims into phony investment schemes in Australia, part of a record-breaking year for scams. Australia’s consumer regulator today issued a warning about “romance baiting” following $37 million dollars being reported lost to Scamwatch, its website for scam reporting and

Australia’s competition regulator has warned of a lack of transparency and competition in the digital advertising technology supply chain, signalling out market behemoth Google for its “ability and the incentive” to preference its own ad tech in anticompetitive ways. Google is the only company to operate across the full ad

The competition watchdog has rejected Google’s promise that it would not distort competition should it be allowed to acquire wearables manufacturer Fitbit. The tech giant had undertaken that it would not use the acquisition to harm competition, restrict competitors access to health data or use health data for advertising. While

Australia’s consumer regulator is taking Facebook to court, alleging it misled and deceived users with an app that purported to offer data privacy services but actually monitored users for the tech giant’s commercial benefit. According to the ACCC, the mobile app, known as Onavo Protect and pushed by Facebook as

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Australia’s competition regulator is closely monitoring the US antitrust case against Google and will seek to reform Australian merger laws next year. Competition tsar Rod Sims also warned against privatising assets as part of a COVID recovery. In his annual address to the Law Council of Australia Business Law Section’s

The full Federal Court has dismissed an appeal from Trivago today, upholding its decision that the hotel comparison site misled consumers about hotel prices in its online and offline advertisements, and failed to disclose the use of an algorithm that favoured Trivago’s bigger spending clients. The matter will now return

The consumer regulator is sharpening its focus on big tech, warning platform giants are pervasively tracking Australian users and dominating the local online advertising markets in its first major update since its landmark Digital Platforms inquiry. The ACCC late last week released its first six-monthly report on digital platform services,

Consumer Data Right intermediaries will now be able to collect consumer data on behalf of accredited third party data recipients, with consumer consent, following rule changes by the regulator today. The changes, which come into effect October 2nd, should make it easier for fintechs to access the data by removing

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today announced an investigation into the operation of app marketplaces in Australia, citing concerns around competition and consumer protections. Google and Apple dominate app marketplaces. The former is currently engaging in a separate ugly stoush with the ACCC over the regulator’s plan to

Facebook has announced it will ban publishers and people in Australia from sharing local and international news on Facebook and Instagram if a proposal to force tech giants to pay for news becomes law. The announcement follows the release of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s draft news media bargaining