Australian privacy watchdog launches court action against Facebook over Cambridge Analytica access

Original article by Jack Snape, Ariel Bogle
abc.net au – Page: Online : 10-Mar-20

The Australian Information Commissioner has taken social media firm Facebook to the Federal Court for allegedly breaching the privacy of around 311,127 Australians in regard to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The Commissioner has stated that the court can impose a fine of up to $1.7 million for each "serious and repeated" offence. The UK privacy watchdog has previously fined Facebook Stg500,000 billion ($998,000) over the Cambridge Analytica episode, while a US Federal Trade Commission investigation resulted in Facebook paying US5 billion ($7.64 billion) over allegations that it duped users over their ability to control personal information.

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AUSTRALIA. OFFICE OF THE AUSTRALIAN INFORMATION COMMISSIONER, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA LLC, UNITED STATES. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

ACCC takes fight up to digital giants

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 19 : 26-Feb-20

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has advised that it now has more than 10 active investigations into digital platforms, compared with five when the final report into its landmark inquiry into the sector was released in July. ACCC chairman Rod Sims says it is examining both competition and consumer issues in relation to digital platforms. He notes that the use and abuse of consumers’ data by such platforms is one of the key concerns.

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AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED

Over 1.6 million Australians already using TikTok

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 25-Feb-20

Roy Morgan data shows that over 1.6 million Australians visit the TikTok website or use the social network’s app in an average four weeks – equivalent to 7% of the population aged six years and older. TikTok has proven especially popular with women and girls, who comprise over two-thirds of the current TikTok user base. Over 1.1 million women and girls (9%) now use TikTok compared to just over 510,000 men and boys (4%). TikTok is also far more popular among younger Australians. Over a fifth of Australians in the youngest Generation Alpha (21%) are now using TikTok – a total of 537,000 Young Australians. There is also a significant TikTok user base among the slightly older Generation Z, with over 670,000 Australians (14%) in this age group now using the new short video service. The rate of TikTok usage then drops off significantly with only 6% of Millennials (308,000), 2% of Generation X (88,000) and less than 1% of either Baby Boomers or Pre-Boomers using TikTok. These results are based on in-depth Roy Morgan Single Source interviews with more than 25,000 Australians aged 14+ over the six months to December 2019 and over 1,000 interviews with Young Australians aged 6-13 years old during the same time period.

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News Corp bolsters its social media firepower

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 15 : 16-Dec-19

News Corp Australia has secured an exclusive deal to use the social display technology of US-based Polar. The technology will allow advertisers to run social media ads across the group’s news, entertainment and food websites. The technology will also be combined with the company’s own News Connect data platform. News Corp’s MD for digital solutions, Neil Robinson, says the company’s publications offer a safe environment for brands, which cannot be guaranteed on social media.

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NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, POLAR, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, TWITTER INCORPORATED, INSTAGRAM LLC

Google hit for billions but EU chief regrets not going harder

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Australian – Page: 4 : 12-Dec-19

The federal government will release details of its formal response to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s digital platforms inquiry on 12 December. Communications Minister Paul Fletcher says the government is working through its response to issues raised by the ACCC. Meanwhile, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager says that in retrospective she would have taken a "bolder" approach to the anti-trust case against Google. The digital giant was fined more than EUR8bn.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, EUROPEAN COMPETITION COMMISSION, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, PRIME MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX PRT

2020 visions: big calls for new year

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 30 & 31 : 9-Dec-19

The CEOs of Australian media, digital media and advertising groups have shared their views on the outlook for their company in 2020 and the media sector in general. Bauer Media Australia CEO Brendon Hill says the deal to acquire Pacific Magazines will increase the publisher’s stability and allow it to increase its focus on the creation of compelling branded content, while Foxtel CEO Patrick Delaney says the pay-TV group’s large customer base will be its biggest advantage in 2020. Southern Cross Media Group CEO Grant Blackley says factors such as weak consumer sentiment and its flow-on effect on the advertising market will be the biggest challenge facing his company in 2020.

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BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, SOUTHERN CROSS MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX SXL, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY MEDIA, SEEK LIMITED – ASX SEK, OOH!MEDIA LIMITED – ASX OML, CARSALES.COM LIMITED – ASX CAR, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, HT&E LIMITED – ASX HT1, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, PRIME MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX PRT, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHA, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, GOOGLE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, FACEBOOK AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, TWITTER AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS PTY LTD, TEN NETWORK HOLDINGS LIMITED, REA GROUP LIMITED – ASX REA, FETCHTV PTY LTD, JC DECAUX AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Coalition wary of content tax on tech giants

Original article by Leo Shanahan, David Swan
The Australian – Page: 5 : 4-Dec-19

Facebook says it supports 15 of the 29 recommendations in the final report of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s digital platforms inquiry. Facebook also rejects suggestions that it has hired lobbyists to influence the federal government’s response to the report, and states that the ACCC’s proposed code of conduct would "unfairly shield" media companies. Meanwhile, the government is said to be concerned that requiring digital players to pay media companies for the use of their content could be perceived as a new tax, which could in turn prompt digital companies to relocate offshore.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT

Facebook defends itself against Twiggy Forrest attack

Original article by Patrick Durkin
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 29-Nov-19

Facebook has responded to claims that it is not doing enough to address the issue of fraudulent advertisements on its platforms. Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s global head of marketing, says it has launched a "massive crackdown" on scam ads and may take legal action against those responsible for them. Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has called for digital platforms to be treated in the same way as traditional media companies. He is among the high-profile Australians whose photos have been used in scam ads published on digital platforms such as Facebook and Google.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, TWITTER INCORPORATED, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM

Forrest wants tech giants to be accountable for ads

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 28-Nov-19

Fortescue Metals Group founder Andrew Forrest argues that technology companies such as Facebook should be treated in the same way as traditional media companies with regard to advertising content that appears on their platforms. He contends that digital companies are not doing enough to address the issue of fraudulent ads, and they must be accountable for the ads that are published on their platforms. Forrest is among a number of high-profile Australians whose images have been used to promote scams on social media platforms.

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Code of conduct needed for market failure: Sims

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 31 : 18-Nov-19

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims has stressed the need for technology giants such as Google and Facebook to be subject to a code of conduct in their negotiations with traditional media companies. He has identified this as the most important recommendation arising from the ACCC’s inquiry into digital platforms. He notes that technology companies have made some progress in reducing the imbalance in bargaining power, adding that a code would facilitate this process.

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AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, TEN NETWORK HOLDINGS LIMITED, SKY NEWS, JUNKEE MEDIA PTY LTD, PEDESTRIAN TV, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY