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Australia’s High Court says Google is not a publisher in landmark defamation decision

- August 17, 2022 2 MIN READ

Global search giant Google is not responsible as a publisher for serving up links to defamatory material, Australia’s High Court has ruled. The landmark decision overturns exisiting rulings by the Victorian Supreme Court and its Court of Appeal involving a $40,000 damages award against Google to Melbourne lawyer George Defteros for a hyperlink to an… Read more »

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Google smacked with $60 million for misleading Australian users over Android phone tracking

- August 15, 2022 2 MIN READ

Tech giant Google has been hit with $60 million in penalties by Australia’s Federal Court for for making misleading representations to consumers about the collection and use of their personal location data on Android phones. The fine resulted from legal action by consumer watchdog the ACCC, which took Google to court in October 2019 over… Read more »

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No, you didn’t imagine it – Google did crash yesterday, and it’s a reminder of how central it now is to modern life

- August 11, 2022 2 MIN READ

On Wednesday, reports began emerging Google was down. Google down for thousands of users – Downdetector https://t.co/jQYLzHdjNC pic.twitter.com/TIbcYrtImU — Reuters (@Reuters) August 9, 2022 While it has since returned, it once again highlights our dependence on technology service providers and shows how reliant many people are on a single operator for daily functions. There are… Read more »

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The government will be able delete links from Google in 2022

- December 22, 2021 2 MIN READ

The eSafety Commissioner will be able to tell search engines like Google to delete links pointing to offending content under legislation that comes into effect early next year. Under the re-configured Online Content Scheme, the eSafety Commissioner can direct internet companies like social media platforms, ISPs, app stores, and even search engines to remove or… Read more »

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Google’s $1 billion Australian plan is really just a cloud and AI play

- November 18, 2021 4 MIN READ

Google has announced a $1 billion investment in Australia over five years, bringing with it thousands of new jobs, along with ‘digital infrastructure’ to help businesses in the post-COVID recovery period. Prime Minister Scott Morrison amicably shook hands with Google Australia Managing Director, Mel Silva, at Google’s newly-expanded offices in Sydney, less than a year… Read more »

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Google pledges $1 billion for digital infrastructure in Australia

- November 16, 2021 3 MIN READ

Google Australia has promised to invest $1 billion in Australian infrastructure, research and partnerships over the next five years to develop the country’s digital economy. The Digital Future Initiative also includes an Australian Google research hub and a range of partnerships, including a collaboration with the CSIRO. Google Australia managing director Mel Silva said the… Read more »

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Google losing its appeal against a $3.8 billion EU fine could see tech giants re-thinking their entire business models

- November 12, 2021 4 MIN READ

Google is being fined €2.4 billion (A$3.8 billion) for hindering competition in the EU after a 2017 decision has been upheld on appeal by the general court of the European Union. This is a saga dating back over 15 years, in which the European Commission has been accusing the tech giant of using its search… Read more »

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Australia’s competition regulator wants to put an end to Google’s dominance as a search engine

- October 28, 2021 2 MIN READ

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) wants to end Google’s reign as the default search engine for Australians, saying its dominance has likely “stifled innovation and reduced consumer choice”. The consumer watchdog released the interim report of its Digital Platform Services Inquiry on Thursday and has taken aim at Google for penning deals to ensure its Search… Read more »

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Competition watchdog the ACCC says Google’s ad tech dominance ‘harms’ business and users

- September 28, 2021 3 MIN READ

An ACCC inquiry into advertising technology (ad tech) has found significant competition concerns and potential harms to publishers, advertisers, businesses and consumers from Google’s dominance of the sector. More than 90% of ad impressions traded via the ad tech supply chain are estimated to have gone via at least one Google service in 2020. The… Read more »

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Google’s ad ramp up is making it even harder to google what you’re looking for

- September 2, 2021 3 MIN READ

Over the past 25 years, the name “Google” has become synonymous with the idea of searching for anything online. In much the same way “to Hoover” means to use a vacuum cleaner, dictionaries have recognised “to Google” as meaning to undertake an online search using any available service. Former competitors such as AltaVista and AskJeeves… Read more »

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Australia’s competition boss is rallying global regulators to take on Apple and Google over their app store dominance

- August 19, 2021 2 MIN READ

Rod Sims, chair of competition watchdog the ACCC, has told his colleagues around the world that the dominance of Apple and Google in app marketplaces may need to be tackled globally with new rules and regulations. In a speech to the Global Competition Review webinar outlining how Australia has been tackling the issue through the… Read more »

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After taking on Apple in a global legal fight, Epic Games now has Google in its sights in Australia

- June 21, 2021 3 MIN READ

Fortnite maker Epic Games, which is currently in a massive anti-competition legal battle with Apple in the California courts, is planning similar legal action against Google and has won an Australian Federal Court victory to launch proceedings. Justice Nye Perram, who is also overseeing part of Epic’s case against Apple, but granted a three-month stay… Read more »

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LIFT YOUR APP GAME: Australia’s competition regulator takes aim at Apple and Google over their app store dominance

- April 28, 2021 3 MIN READ

The “significant market power” of the Apple App Store and Google Play in Australia needs to be addressed says Rod Sims, chair of competition regulator the ACCC, to give app developers better terms and conditions, as well as improving the approvals process The second part of the ACCC’s Digital Platform Services Inquiry interim report, which focuses… Read more »

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Google has lost its legal fight with the ACCC over misleading consumers about location data

- April 16, 2021 2 MIN READ

Google and Google Australia misled consumers about its use of personal location data, according to Australia’s Federal Court in a landmark legal decision. Consumer watchdog the ACCC took Google to court in October 2019 over the use of location data collected through Android mobile devices between January 2017 and December 2018, in a world-first enforcement… Read more »