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The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) will sit at the centre of the Consumer Data Right (CDR) regime when it arrives in the energy sector, enabling the data access to let consumers more easily compare and switch providers. CDR is a competition and consumer reform which gives Australians greater access

As Australia’s Consumer Data Right regime edges closer to launch, the ACCC is looking for organisations to help it test the new data portability rules. The ACCC, which is leading the introduction of the CDR, is seeking expressions of interest from parties interested in becoming accredited data recipients and participating

Legislators around the world want to give consumers more control over their data and personal information in the digital age. Already the effects of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are being felt by businesses worldwide. Yet the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a forthcoming privacy law from the home

Online advertising spend as has exploded since the very first banner ad appeared almost 25 years ago. But in recent years much of that growth has flowed into the pockets of two players: Google and Facebook. The ACCC’s 600-page Digital Platform Inquiry report paints a picture of a market dominated

magnifying glass investigation look closer

The ACCC has revealed it has five “well advanced” investigations into Facebook and Google, following the release of its digital platforms inquiry, which was critical of the two American multinationals. Addressing the Melbourne Press Club this week, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said the consumer watchdog has “five investigations well advanced”

Judge gavel over smartphone, top view

Australia’s consumer watchdog is suing the country’s largest health services booking platform, HealthEngine, alleging it secretly sold the data of 135,000 patients to insurance brokers and doctored patients’ reviews to improve the appearance of practices. HealthEngine has blamed the practice on rapid growth that creating outdated processes and systems which

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will not oppose Wesfarmers $230 million acquisition of online retailer Catch Group, clearing the way for the deal to close. The competition watchdog began a month-long review of the deal in June, shortly after it was announced, reviewing possible anti-competitive outcomes including impacts on

New research shows the Australian media, marketing and advertising industry were largely unaware of the ACCC’s digital platform inquiry during the first half of 2019. While it largely focused on Google and Facebook, the competition watchdog’s inquiry also has ramifications for the wider digital advertising ecosystem in terms of the

The dominance of Google and Facebook must be addressed through comprehensive reform, according to Australia’s competition watchdog, which has identified systemic problems in the digital media industry. The ACCC today released its report on its inquiry into digital platforms, calling for new codes of practice, greater regulatory oversight, and reforms

The competition and consumer regulator has released the findings of its first ever examination of digital platforms in Australia, recommending sweeping changes and further industry investigations, among them an examination of the digital advertising supply chain. The ACCC has recommended the establishment of its own specialist digital platform branch which