GOOGLE DIGITAL ADS INTERNET USERS TO DECIDE PERSONAL DATA USAGE — AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION COMMISSION orders ENQUIRY

Australian Watchdog Moves to Protect Consumers from Google, Facebook  Influence
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced on Thursday that it is considering a move to let internet users decide what personal data Big Tech companies can share with Advertisers.

The ACCC published its interim report, listing Google as its main adversary. The recent report is the latest in Australia’s fight against Google.

Advertising technology, or ad tech, has significantly transformed the way that advertising is delivered to consumers online. As consumers live more of their lives online, ad-tech plays an increasingly critical role in the advertising market and the wider digital economy. The report stated:

” Digital display advertisements are the images or videos that appear before or alongside content viewed online. This Inquiry considers the advertising technology (or ‘ad tech’) services that deliver personalised digital display advertising on websites and apps, and associated advertising agency services. The Inquiry does not consider online search advertising and does not focus on advertising sold by businesses such as Facebook that is not sold through the ad tech supply chain.”

The ACCC announced their plan to reject Google behavioral undertakings for Fitbit’s acquisition in December, which raised competition concerns.

The ACCC also fought with Google in August about the platform charging users for its search engine, in October for misrepresenting a private company as a government agency, and in October 2019 for misleading users on its collection and use of their location data.

See the report