With the Easter long weekend and school holidays fast approaching and reduced travel restrictions, many Australians will be spending more time on the road as they plan to get away or visit friends and family, so what's the best way to use a mobile safely while driving?
ANALYSIS The competition watchdog is due to hand its digital platforms inquiry report to the government this weekend, with media companies keen to see what measures are outlined to reduce the threat posed to online journalism by the likes of Google and Facebook.
The Competition Commission of India, the country's anti-trust agency, has issued orders for a probe into Google for allegedly abusing the position enjoyed by its Android mobile operating system to block its rivals.
The Federal Government will fine social media and online platforms operating in the country $10 million for serious breaches of the Privacy Act, or thrice the value of any benefit derived from the breach.
Database giant Oracle Corporation has no stake in the online media business in Australia as far as is known, but the company has nevertheless taken the chance to have a hefty whack at its old foe, Google, through a submission to the ACCC's digital platforms inquiry.
Travellers who pass through airports in New Zealand will face fines of NZ$5000 (A$4577) if they refuse to provide a means for customs to access any digital devices they are carrying with them.
The ACCC has fined MyRepublic $25,200 for its speed claims, with Finder finding time to issue three speed check tips "to make sure you're getting the speed you signed up for".
The European Union has raised the prospect that it may consider breaking up Google into a number of smaller units, saying it harbours "grave suspicions" about the firm's dominance of the search market.
New rules to handle complaints about the NBN will take effect from June this year, the Australian Communications and Media Authority has announced.
TPG has become the third ISP to agree to pay compensation to customers who have been misled about the speeds offered on certain NBN plans. In TPG's case, the number who will be compensated is about 8000.
Any narrative about monopoly practices is deemed a threat by Google because it has just had to give in to the European Union on a big case, according to Barry Lynn, a former employee of the New America Foundation think-tank who lost his job recently after he criticised the search giant.
France has asked Microsoft to pay €600 million (US$715 million) in what it claims are back-taxes owed by the American software giant for billing local customers from Ireland.
Australian telco Zen Telecom has been fined $225,000 by the Federal Court for breaching Australian Consumer Law (ACL) through misleading conduct, including falsely presenting itself on behalf of Telstra.
WA drivers are being warned to stay off their mobile phones, with fines set to skyrocket under new changes from the state government.
Already in the midst of NBN controversy, Aussie communications provider TPG has been slapped with a $400,000 fine by the Federal Court for failing to give customers access to police, fire and ambulance services.
Google has handed over a €1 million ($1.5 million) fine to Italy's data protection watchdog over complaints that cars it used to record images on Italian streets in 2010 were "not clearly recognisable."
Telstra has been fined more than $10,000 after a massive data breach in which the information of more than 15,000 customers leaked online. It is not the first time.
The company with the famous motto 'don't be evil', Google, has been fined $1.4 million for 'serious violations of users' privacy' in Spain.
Grays, the group behind the GraysOnline shopping websites, has paid a $165,000 infringement notice for sending marketing emails that did not comply with the Spam Act.
The state of surveillance technologies and their deployment into everyday life continues its onward march, with new 'in-ground' parking sensors coming to Melbourne City Council streets from July which alert the closest inspector once you're five minutes over the limit.
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