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Steep rise in SMB concerns raised with ACCC

There has been a significant rise in the number of small businesses raising issues of alleged misleading conduct, false representations and consumer guarantees with the competition watchdog, the ACCC, in the second half of last year.

Instyle Solar cops hefty fine over Do Not Call Register infringement

Queensland-based solar power company, Instyle Solar, has been hit with a $10,800 infringement notice for failing to obtain consent to call numbers on the Do Not Call Register.

Microsoft email case appeal to come up in Supreme Court in Feb

The US Supreme Court will next month begin hearing an appeal brought by the US Government against a verdict which Microsoft obtained in a case involving emails stored on a server in Ireland.

YouTube shows smaller video artists the door

YouTube will drastically cut down on the number of its partners who can make money from the platform, making it possible only for those who have 1000 subscribers and at least 4000 hours of viewing to earn anything from ads.

Google avoided paying US$3.7b in taxes in 2016: report

Google has managed to squirrel away €15.9 billion (US$19.2 billion) in a Bermuda shell company in 2016, helping the search behemoth to avoid paying at least US$3.7 billion in taxes, according to regulatory filings in the Netherlands.

Digital Sourcing in ACCC's sights over suspected consumer law breach

The competition watchdog, the ACCC, has warned that overseas based online retailer Digital Sourcing ApS (Digital Sourcing) is suspected of breaching Australian Consumer Law by misleading consumers and asserting a right to payment for unsolicited goods.

Optus, ACCAN give thumbs up to proposed USO

The impending introduction of a new Universal Service Obligation, aimed at improving regional telecoms delivery in Australia, has been welcomed by telco Optus and the peak body representing consumer interests in telecommunications, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network.

France warns WhatsApp of fines over data-sharing with Facebook

France's privacy watchdog has indicated that it may levy fines on messaging app WhatsApp if the lcompany does not follow an order to stop sharing user data with its parent company Facebook.

NZ’s Stuff Fibre cops warning over Internet speed claims

New Zealand broadband provider Stuff Fibre has been hit with a warning by the country’s competition regulator, The Commerce Commission, for making unsubstantiated claims that it is “Probably NZ’s Fastest Internet”.

Net neutrality not ‘serious issue’ for Australia: analyst

Australia and most countries don’t have to fear Internet quality problems in the same way as would be possible in the US, according to a telecoms analyst who made the comments following the US decision to end net neutrality rules which regulate access to the Internet.

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