Statement: DIGI Managing Director Sunita Bose on the release of the Government’s response to the ACCC’s Inquiry into Digital Platforms
12 December, 2019
DIGI will be examining the Government’s response to the ACCC digital platforms inquiry closely, and we will continue to contribute to the ongoing consultation with the Government and regulatory bodies.
We recognise the importance of the issues raised in relation to maintaining competition in the news and advertising markets, and ensuring consumer privacy is protected online.
We’ll be studying the proposals in detail to ensure that the consumer protections are fit for a digital era, and that there are no unintended consequences for Australia’s digital future, economic growth and global competitiveness.
We welcome an economy-wide review of the Privacy Act, as consumers will have the same expectations of privacy, regardless of the specific company they interact with or the sector within which that company sits.
At the same time, we also recognise that privacy needs to be central to digital products and services and have been engaging with the OAIC on the Government’s proposed digital platforms code.
DIGI is supportive of efforts to modernise relevant media laws for a digital era, and we look forward to contributing to the development of a regulatory framework that duly recognises some of the fundamental differences between digital products and media businesses.