Australia to introduce harsh penalties for unfair contract terms
Under the current UCT rules, UCTs in specific standard form contracts formed with consumers or certain categories of small businesses may be declared void and unenforceable by a court.
Prepare to back up any environmental claims, ACCC warns businesses
Australia’s top consumer watchdog has once again warned businesses against corporate greenwashing amid growing concerns.
Energy crisis: ACCC to investigate power companies’ profits
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has confirmed it is monitoring for price gauging and anti-competitive conduct.
Telstra faces $50m fine for engaging in unconscionable conduct
The Federal Court has ordered Telstra to pay a $50 million penalty for engaging in unconscionable conduct against Indigenous consumers.
Federal Court rules Google misled Australian Android users about location data use
The Federal Court has ruled that Google misled some of its Australian customers about how it collected personal location data between 2017 and 2018.
Australia probing default search engines & browsers on devices; Google & Apple in the spotlight
The US Department of Justice filed a complaint against Google in 2020, claiming Google pays Apple an estimated $US8 to12 billion per year to have its search engine be the default…
‘World first’ news media bargaining code introduced in Australia
The final version of Australia’s “world first” news media bargaining code, which requires Google and Facebook to pay for news content, was introduced into Parliament on Wednesday. “This is a huge reform. This is a world first, and the world is watching what happens here in Australia. But our legislation will help ensure that the […]
Facebook threatens to block Australians from sharing news
Facebook is threatening to ban news from being shared on its platforms in Australia, due to a new regulatory code that would force themselves and Google to pay news publishers for content. The mandatory news code being introduced has been supported by major media companies including Nine Entertainment, News Corp Australia and Guardian Australia, looking […]
ACCC attacks Google over ‘misinformation’
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has accused Google of releasing “misinformation” about the Federal Government’s plan to make them bargain with Australian news companies over payments for news content. Last month the ACCC delivered a draft code of conduct (the draft News Media Bargaining Code) governing bargaining between Google, Facebook and news media […]