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Have you used Google lately and been greeted by a yellow warning saying that the way Australians search on Google is under threat? To understand why these messages are appearing, Media Files interviewed former chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Professor Allan Fels, and CEO of the

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Australian health booking platform HealthEngine has been ordered to pay $2.9 million in penalties for misleading customers about how it shared their data with private health insurance brokers and for publishing misleading patient reviews and ratings. The ACCC began investigating Australia’s largest health services booking platform in 2018 and launched

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Google’s international scare campaign to undermine incoming regulation has been branded bullying by a progressive Australian thinktank, which says the impact of the platform giants has been found to be “disastrous” for Australia. In an open letter published Wednesday, The Australia Institute’s Centre For Responsible Technology accused the US tech

The ACCC this afternoon issued a stern rebuke to claims made by Google today regarding the News Media Bargaining Code, accusing the search and advertising giant of spreading misinformation about the incoming regulation. Google Australia managing director, Mel Silva, this morning published an open letter denouncing the News Media Bargaining

Australia’s consumer regulator has suggested tougher regulation is on the way for online platforms as it sharpens its focus on the collection and use of people’s data by Google and other tech giants. The ACCC is currently in two legal battles with Google over the collection of consumer data, is

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