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Australia pushes for data restrictions amid Google’s ad ‘dominance’

Australia’s antitrust authority says Google’s “dominance” of the internet advertising market hurts customers and publishers — and is asking for stricter knowledge use guidelines that will take a chunk out of the tech big’s earnings.

A report issued Tuesday by the Australian Competitors and Client Fee focuses on Google’s entry to so-called “first occasion knowledge” — details about customers collected by way of Google Search, Maps, YouTube and different merchandise. 

Google’s entry to this knowledge offers the corporate’s promoting know-how enterprise a transparent benefit over its rivals, in line with the regulator. 

Lawmakers ought to take into account banning Google from utilizing first occasion knowledge for its promoting enterprise — or on the very lest require the corporate to publicly disclose the way it makes use of such knowledge, the Australian Competitors and Client Fee argued. 

Details about customers collected by way of Google Search, Maps, YouTube and different merchandise helps Google keep a dominant place within the advert market, Australia’s competitors regulator discovered.
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Google’s place in Australia’s $2 billion on-line advert market is so dominant that greater than 90 % of on-line ads seen by Australians in 2020 concerned a minimum of one Google service. 

“Google has used its vertically built-in place to function its advert tech companies in a method that has, over time, led to a much less aggressive advert tech trade,” mentioned Rod Sims, the chair of the Australian Competitors and Client Fee. “This conduct has helped Google to determine and entrench its dominant place.”

Google didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the report. 

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Google’s place in Australia’s $2 billion on-line advert market is so dominant that greater than 90 % of on-line ads seen by Australians in 2020 concerned a minimum of one Google service.
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The Australian push for better regulation of Google’s advert enterprise echoes comparable initiatives within the European Union and the UK, the place regulators are additionally attempting to forestall the tech big from utilizing first occasion knowledge from maps and YouTube to focus on advertisements. 

Within the US, the Justice Division has been pursuing an antitrust swimsuit in opposition to Google for the previous yr that accuses the corporate of sustaining “illegal monopolies” in search and advertisements.

Sims instructed Reuters he expects the worldwide push for regulation of Google to offer Australia extra leverage and make the tech big extra more likely to cooperate. 

“I simply assume [Google] can see what’s occurring and it’s of their pursuits that these guidelines are aligned [between countries] and it’s of their pursuits that they’re very well thought by way of,” the antitrust chief instructed the outlet. 

Australian authorities have additionally taken a tough line in opposition to Google on behalf of stories publishers. 

Amid rising stress from Australia’s authorities, Google signed a three-year deal this February with New York Put up guardian firm Information Corp., which agreed to supply content material from its information websites across the globe to Google in change for “vital funds” price tens of thousands and thousands of {dollars} from the search big.

Days later, Australia’s parliament handed a regulation successfully forcing Fb and different tech titans to pay for information content material. 

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