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Ayman Guirguis and David Howarth, 'ACCC's Digital Platforms Report: Market Power in Advertising, Search Services & Media & Privacy Implications' (K&L Gates, 12 August 2019)

James North, Jennifer Dean and Adam Foreman (Corrs Chambers Westgarth) 'The ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry Final Report: is media law reform destined for the too hard basket once again?' (9 August 2019)

Susan Kantor (Minter Ellison), 'ACCC calls for privacy law reform and a move towards GDPR-style privacy laws' (8 August 2019)

Clayton Utz, 'The ACCC"s Digital Platforms Inquiry Final Report: Briefing Note' (August 2019) (PDF)

Hannah Bragge and Michael Caplan (Gilbert + Tobin) 'Putting consumers back in control of their data: ACCC’s privacy recommendations from the Digital Platforms Inquiry' (6 August 2019)

James North, Philip Catania, David Yates, Jennifer Dean (Corrs Chambers Westgarth) '‘Informed choice’: ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry Final Report recommends significant data privacy reforms' (1 August 2019)

Mark McCowan, Jennifer Dean, James North (Corrs Chambers Westgarth) 'A blueprint for re-regulating the tech sector: ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry Final Report released' (29 July 2019)

Gilbert + Tobin, 'Digital reform unfolds | ACCC releases Final Report on Digital Platforms Inquiry' (26 July 2019)
Includes great comparison of the interim and final report recommendations

Mark McCowan and Ian Reynolds (Corrs Chambers Westgarth), 'The right tools for the job? The merger control proposals in the ACCC Digital Platform Inquiry Preliminary Report' (Mondaq, 1 March 2019)

Angela Flannery (Holding Redlich), 'Insights from the ACCC Chair into the Digital Platforms Inquiry' (Mondaq, 27 February 2019)

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 'Back to the Future: ACCC Releases Its Preliminary Digital Platforms Inquiry Report' (12 December 2018)

McCullough Robertson, 'Digital Platforms Inquiry by ACCC' (The Handshake, 7 March 2018)

Elizabeth Avery and Simon Burns, '“World first” inquiry Issues Paper on Digital Platforms released: News content in the spotlight' (Gilbert+Tobin, 1 March 2018)

Angela Flannery, 'Google and Facebook: The impact of tech giants on traditional media in Australia' (Holding Redlich, 18 January 2018)


Media on final report


Media following release of preliminary report

John Durie, 'All eyes turn to ACCC boss's report on digital platforms' (The Australian, 28 June 2019, page 32)

Josh Taylor, 'Facebook and Google likely to face new regulators for news and ads' (The Guardian, 28 June 2019)

James Panichi, 'Damned Down Under: Regulatory Storm in Australia Clouds Global Outlook for Facebook and Google' (GlobalAsia, 25 June 2019)

Paul McIntyre, 'The ACCC's Digital Platforms report is due next week - you need to brace' (Mi3. 17 June 2019)

Paul Wallbank, 'Does breaking up Google make sense?' (Mumbrella, 13 March 2019)

John McDuling and Nick Bonyhady, ''Unparalleled power': News Corp calls on ACCC to break up Google' (SMH, 12 March 2019)

Chanticleer, 'Rupert Murdoch steps up anti-Google campaign' (Chanticleer, 12 March 2019)

Emily Watkins, 'Media players jostle for control in digital platforms inquiry' (Crikey, 5 March 2019)

'Google rejects ACCC call for scrutiny, denies market power' (IT news, staff writer, 5 March 2019)

Cat Fredenburgh, 'Google, US groups slam ACCC's digital platforms report' (Lawyerly, 4 March 2019)

Jennifer Duke and John McDuling, 'Australian regulators prepare for Facebook, Google turf war' (SMH, 4 March 2019)

Vanessa Mitchell, 'Google hits back at ACCC, says algorithm regulator risks poor outcomes' (CMO, 21 February 2019)

Orlaith Costello, 'Google hits back at ACCC' (Channel news, 22 Feb 2019)

Charles McConnell, 'ACCC should reconsider competitive landscape, Google says' (GCR, 21 February 2019).

Google Australia, Our response to the ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry Preliminary Report' (21 February 2019)

Simon Milner, 'How can Facebook best support sustainable journalism in Australia?' (Facebook, 18 February 2019).

Jennifer Duke, ''People not regulators should decide': Facebook slams calls for crackdown' (The Age, 18 February 2019)

John McDuling, 'How Australia could make Facebook's miserable year even worse' (SMH, 10 December 2018)

Jennifer Duke & John McDuling, 'Tech giants face call for ombudsman, privacy clampdown' (Brisbane Times, 10 December 2018)

Max Mason, 'Google, Facebook face data privacy crackdown under ACCC recommendations' (AFR, 10 December 2018)

Chris Pash, 'The ACCC wants to regulate the substantial power of Google and Facebook in Australia' (Business Insider, 10 December 2018)

Belinda Tasker, 'ACCC calls for crackdown on tech giants' (Norther Daily Leader, 10 December 2018)

Sarah-Jane Tasker, 'Tech titans face crackdown' (The Australian, 10 December 2018, page 2)


Media following release of issues paper (and related submission)

John McDuling, 'It's crunch time for tech giants, as ACCC probe enters home stretch' (SMH, 3 December 2018)

Anne Davies, 'World watches as Australian regulator rules on Facebook and Google' (The Guardian, 3 December 2018)

Lilly Vitorovitch, 'ACCC signs off on probe of tech giants' platforms' (The Australian, 3 December 2018, p 26).

John McDuling, 'All eyes on Australian review as Facebook wheels out big guns' (SMH, 15 October 2018)

Anthony Fitzgerald, 'Big Tech hits news media - TV next?' (AFR, 3 June 2018)

James Panichi and Laurel Henning, 'Xerox’s boardroom scuffle set to continue; Australian media’s Facebook fracas' (mLex Podcast, 9 May 2018) (18:55 mins - mainly from 7:15 mins)

Paul Wallbank, 'Government regulation of digital platforms would be a dangerous mistake, warns publisher Morry Schwartz' (Mumbrella, 8 May 2018)

Stephen Brook, 'Digital media inquiry: Google and Facebook ‘creating despair' (The Australian, 4 May 2018)

James Panichi, 'Facebook, Google probe unleashes Australian media's fury over algorithms' (mLex, 4 May 2018)

Agence France-Presse, 'News Corp leads charge against tech giants in Australia probe' (ABS-CBN News, 3 May 2018)

John Rolfe, 'More submissions to the ACCC inquiry on Facebook, Google and Twitter’s use and misuse consumers’ personal information' (Daily Telegraph, 3 May 2018)

Darren Davidson, 'Industry response to digital inquiry' (The Australian, 3 May 2018)

Jennifer Duke, 'News Corp slams digital giants for 'rapid spread of misinformation'' (SMH, 3 May 2018)

Max Mason, 'Google, Facebook distorting advertising markets, ACCC told' (AFR, 3 May 2018)

Darren Davidson, 'ACCC to reveal submissions into Google and Facebook' (The Australian, 2 May 2018)

Jennifer Duke & John McDuling, 'Murdoch's News Corp to take aim at Google and Facebook' (SMH, 2 May 2018)

Max Mason, 'Google helping publishers, Facebook 'less progress': Fairfax Media' (AFR, 2 May 2018)

Jennifer Duke and John McDuling, 'Google defends role in media amid ACCC probe' (SMH, 23 April 2018)

Darren Davidson, 'Seven takes battle to tech giants' (The Australian, 23 April 2018)

Arvind Hickman, 'TV industry calls for mandatory third-party measurement of Facebook and Google' (AdNews, 23 April 2018)

Amanda Meade, 'Google tells Australian regulator it is not contributing to 'the death of journalism'' (The Guardian, 23 April 2018)

Paul Wallbank, 'Facebook and FreeTV Australia draw battle lines over ACCC digital platforms inquiry' (Mumbrella, 23 April 2018)

Tony Boyd, 'Facebook parries ad market "dominance" claims' (AFR, 22 April 2018)

John McDuling, 'The disconnect beneath Facebook's month from hell' (SHM, 22 April 2018)

Amanda Meade, 'Facebook and Google must be held to account, TV networks say' (The Guardian, 21 April 2018)

Amanda Meade, 'Google says it supports ACCC inquiry into digital threat to Australian news media' (The Guardian, 21 March 2018)

Mark Day, 'All eyes on ACCC inquiry into tech giants' (The Australian, 2 March 2018)

Michael Miller, 'Google, Facebook and Amazon blight digital landscape' (The Australian, 27 February 2018)

Darren Davidson, 'Google, Facebook in sights of ACCC for harvesting users’ personal data' (The Australian, 26 February 2018)

Darren Davidson, 'World watching ACCC inquiry into dominant tech platforms' (The Australian, 26 February 2018)

Jennifer Duke, 'Facebook, Google to be probed over role in creating ‘filter bubbles’' (SMH, 26 February 2018)

Max Mason, 'ACCC to probe how Facebook, Google hurt quality journalism' (AFR, 26 February 2018)

Amanda Meade, 'ACCC will have power to grill Google and Facebook on threat to news media' (The Guardian, Australian edition, 26 February 2018)

John Rolfe, 'Facebook and Google aren’t free, ACCC chairman Rod Sims says' (Perth Now, 26 February 2018)


Media following release of terms of reference


Media prior to release of terms of reference