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Consumers should have more control over how online marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon collect and use their data, according to a new ACCC report.

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While the ACCC failed in a similar case against Google in 2013, there are some key details in this one which could give it more leverage.

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The current review of the Federal Privacy Act could be the beginning of a process to obtain fairer privacy practices for consumers. But any reforms from this review will be a long time coming.

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Making Google and Facebook pay Australian news publishers might be good politics, but it is odd economics.

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If the ACCC takes one of the tech giants to court for breach of the code, the penalty could be more than $10 million.

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Following a privacy policy change in 2016, Google has collected users' data from third-party websites and apps. The ACCC argues users were misled into signing away their privacy.

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The watchdog has voiced concerns over the proposed US$2.1 billion merger, from which both users and Australian health services could lose out.

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As news media revenues tumble still further amid the COVID-19 recession, the government has pledged mandatory rules to force tech giants to pay for using news content.

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The ACCC's inquiry was launched to address concerns about the market power of major digital platforms, such as Google and Facebook, and their impact on Australia's businesses and media.

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Regulators are beginning to tackle big tech companies' hidden use of consumer data.

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