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.
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.
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.
Making Google and Facebook pay Australian news publishers might be good politics, but it is odd economics.
If the ACCC takes one of the tech giants to court for breach of the code, the penalty could be more than $10 million.
The watchdog has voiced concerns over the proposed US$2.1 billion merger, from which both users and Australian health services could lose out.
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.
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.
Regulators are beginning to tackle big tech companies' hidden use of consumer data.