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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

The ACCC will not appeal Federal Court’s recent decision to allow TPG and Vodafone to merge, a deal that will create a $15 billion telco.  Last month the court ruled that the deal would not substantially lessen competition in the telco market, because TPG was unlikely to become a serious

The scale and nature of acquisitions carried out by digital platform companies like Google and Facebook are posing new challenges to regulators, Australia’s competition tsar has warned. Speaking at a gala event in Melbourne last night for a global merger workshop, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims

Data from Australia’s consumer watchdog shows Australian mobile phone users are spending less time on phone calls and more time in messaging applications. Cheaper unlimited broadband plans have also helped boost the total amount of data downloaded by 47 per cent over the year. It is the first time traditional

Broader legislative reforms are required to protect consumers using loyalty schemes, according to the ACCC’s final report into customer loyalty schemes released today. The ACCC commenced its review of customer loyalty schemes in early 2019, and identified significant problems with the programs which include frequent flyer, supermarket and credit card

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The ACCC has begun legal proceedings against Google in Australia, alleging the search giant engaged in misleading conduct and made false or misleading representations to consumers about the personal location data Google collects, keeps and uses.  The legal action follows the watchdog’s long-running investigation into digital platforms and their market

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