Original article by Patrick Durkin
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 14-Aug-19
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is close to launching five cases against Google and Facebook in the aftermath of its digital platforms inquiry. The cases are understood to involve alleged breaches of consumer, competition and privacy laws, with ACCC chairman Rod Sims saying on 13 August that Facebook and Google must comply with Australia’s laws if they wish to do business here. He said a decision on whether to proceed with the five cases would be made before the end of 2019.
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Original article by Paul Smith, John Davidson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: W1 & W3 : 30-Jul-19
Participants at an innovation summit have expressed mixed views regarding the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s report on digital platforms. Former Google Australia MD Maile Carnegie says technology companies should be subject to the same rules regarding data privacy as other sectors. However, Carnegie rejects the suggestion made by media companies that Google is a publisher. Nerida O’Loughlin from the Australian Communications & Media Authority said ACMA does not have the expertise to regulate the algorithms used by big technology companies.
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Original article by Paul Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 & 22 : 29-Jan-19
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has previously proposed that an external regulator monitor the algorithms used by Google and Facebook. Both companies have expressed concerns about the proposal, with Google Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Mel Silva saying such a move could make its algorithms open to manipulation. The recommendation regarding algorithms was one of a number put forward by the ACCC following its review into digital platforms; Silva says its recommendation to establish a digital platforms ombudsman has merit.
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Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 19 : 27-Feb-18
Media industry executives are supportive of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s inquiry into the digital media sector. News Corp Australia executive chairman Michael Miller says it looks forward to actively participating in the inquiry, while Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner says the company is keen to express its views. Miller says the inquiry represents an opportunity to reform the digital media sector into one that offers the opportunity for all participants to compete on a "more even playing field"
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