Google faces a major competition probe over its dominance of internet advertising after Britain leaves the EU.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has revealed it could investigate the tech giant over controversial changes it is making to data rules. It follows a complaint from Marketers for an Open Web, a group of publishers and marketing firms.
They claim Google’s new so-called privacy sandbox will allow the firm to hoard customer data – giving it an even bigger stranglehold over the digital ads industry and firms that rely on its platform.
The Senate Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology handed down its interim report on the state of fintech and regtech in Australia in September, proposing 32 recommendations to the government on how to ensure a thriving and innovative ecosystem down under.
In his foreword, committee chair, Senator Andrew Bragg, said he was hopeful the report would be seen as a “series of quick wins”. It covered the research and development (R&D) tax incentive, Australia’s Consumer Data Right (CDR), the digital identity work underway by the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), as well as competition and regulation fixes.
On Monday, the committee announced it would be undertaking further consultations on Australian fintech and regtech before delivering a final report with additional recommendations in April 2021.
“The committee looks forward to receiving a formal government response to the recommendations in due course. However, it notes that a number of recommendations are
MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to start an inquiry into how personal details of RTI applicants were made public on its website, and said not taking such breach seriously would trivialise citizens’ right to information.
A bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and Milind Jadhav disposed of a plea filed by RTI activist Saket Gokhale seeking direction for removal of personal information from the central ministry’s website.
It directed the I&B Ministry to treat Gokhale’s petition as a representation and ensure a suitable inquiry into how personal details of over 4,000 applicants, including Gokhale, were made public since 2016, and submit a report.
The bench said that the issue went beyond the breach of Gokhale’s right to privacy and carried the risk of impacting future applicants.
“Informed citizenry and transparency of information are vital for the functioning of democracy,” the
Google is facing a fresh competition probe in Europe, as Italian regulators launched an investigation into how it used data for online advertising.
The Italian Competition Authority (ICA) is investigating its alleged “abuse” of its dominant position in the market for display advertising in Italy, according to a statement released by the watchdog on Wednesday.
The watchdog has already carried out inspections on Tuesday at Google’s premises, with the collaboration of tax police.
The ICA is examining the search engine giant’s use of the huge amount of data it collects through various applications. The company’s use of such data is alleged to have prevented rivals from competing effectively, as well as “adversely affecting consumers.”
The behaviour of Google, a unit of Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), is being looked at for possible violations of EU rules on the availability and use of
Japan is looking to take on big tech with the US and EU.
Its focus on anticompetitiveness may make it even harder for players like Amazon and Apple to operate globally.
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Japan’s Fair Trade Commission chairman, Kazuyuki Furuya, is interested in regulating big tech players to promote fair competition, per Reuters.
Japan looks to regulating big tech players to promote fair competition.
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Furuya said that Japan plans to investigate big mergers and business tie-ups that pose antitrust threats, like Google’s planned acquisition of Fitbit, which the EU is also currently investigating. Furuya also plans to take a closer look at Japan’s mobile phone market to improve competition in the space. This could mount pressure on Google, Amazon, Facebook, and
Instagram is being investigated by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission due to concerns that the social network handled the data of children in a way that may have violated European data protection laws.
The investigation, which according to a statement issued by the DPC on Monday, was opened back in September, follows concerns that children may have had their email addresses and contact phone numbers made public by switching their accounts from personal accounts to business accounts.
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