News & Analysis

BNPLs just had a massive win over the ACCC when it comes to financing home solar installations

- September 15, 2020 3 MIN READ

Consumer fintech FelixGroup (ASX: FXL) – rebranding under its BNPL name, Humm – has scored a major victory over the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in the fight for a slice of the renewable energy sector by buy now, pay later providers. The Australian Competition Tribunal issued a summary determination today rejecting the consumer… Read more »

Global tech

‘Ill-timed and misconceived’: The ACCC hits back at Facebook’s threat to ban local news from its sites

- September 1, 2020 2 MIN READ

Facebook’s threat to ban publishing and sharing of local new stories on its platform, as well as Instagram, is “ill-timed and misconceived” according to the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) chair Rod Sims. The ACCC has been charged by the government with shepherding the proposed “News media bargaining code” through to law.  The  proposed… Read more »

Global tech

PODCAST: Google and Facebook could cop a global digital tax in the fight against Australian laws on paying for news

- August 28, 2020 4 MIN READ

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 Public Interest Journalism Initiative (PIJI),… Read more »

News & Analysis

Google hits back against the ACCC’s ‘misinformation’ accusation

- August 18, 2020 3 MIN READ

Google Australia’s war of words over plans to make the company pay local media companies for news content, has continued today with a rebuttal of competition regulator the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC), which accused the global tech giant of “misinformation”. Google launched a campaign against the ACCC’s proposal for the so-called “News Media… Read more »

News & Analysis

Google claims its free services, including YouTube, are ‘at risk’ if it has to pay Australian media for news

- August 17, 2020 3 MIN READ

Plans by the Morrison government to make Google and Facebook pay local media companies for news content appear to have stirred a sleeping giant, with the global search engine publishing an open letter to Australians warning that their search data, and the company’s free services are at risk as a result. Competition regulator the Australian… Read more »

News & Analysis

Australia is forcing Facebook and Google to pay the media for news – here’s how it will work

- August 3, 2020 4 MIN READ

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its draft news media bargaining code, announced on Friday by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. The draft code allows commercial news businesses to bargain – individually or collectively – with Google and Facebook, in order to be paid for news the tech giants publish on their services. According to… Read more »

News & Analysis

The ACCC is taking on Google, accusing the tech giant of misleading consumers about combining their personal data

- July 27, 2020 3 MIN READ

Google has been accused of misleading consumers over the use of their data from using the internet, with consumer watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launching legal action against the tech giant. The ACCC alleges Google failed to properly inform consumers, and did not gain their explicit informed consent, about its move in… Read more »

News & Analysis

Tradie marketplace Service Seeking cops $600,000 fine over customer ‘reviews’ written buy the businesses

- July 22, 2020 2 MIN READ

Reviews pre-written by companies and emailed to customers to endorse as a testimonial have cost online tradie marketplace Service Seeking $600,000 following legal action by the competition watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The Federal Court hit Service Seeking Pty Ltd with $600,000 in penalties for making false or misleading representations regarding business… Read more »

News & Analysis

The Coalition government’s signature NBN strategy is causing the biggest problems for users, the ACCC finds

- February 12, 2020 2 MIN READ

Fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), the key broadband delivery method instigated by former communications minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Coalition government’s NBN policy, is failing to deliver for around a quarter of users, the latest review of broadband speeds by consumer watchdog the ACCC has found. The latest Measuring Broadband Australia report – the eight by the Australian… Read more »

Opinion

Why the government response to the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry is less than ‘world-leading’

- December 13, 2019 4 MIN READ

On Thursday the federal government responded to the recommendations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) “world-leading” Digital Platforms Inquiry. The response, however, is a less-than world-leading roadmap for reform. Few dispute the ACCC’s inquiry was ground breaking, as it held to account tech giants including Google and Facebook, and the power they wield… Read more »