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Australia Regulator Sees Data Privacy Risks in Digital Takeovers

Nov. 19, 2019, 12:18 AM

Takeovers of smaller rivals and their data sets by digital platforms such as Google, may pose a threat to consumers’ choice and privacy, Chairman of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission Rod Sims says in a speech at the Consumer Policy Research Conference.

  • “The change in data collection policies, when a company like Fitbit transfers its data to Google, creates a very uncertain world for consumers who shared very personal information about their health to Fitbit under a certain set of privacy terms,” Sims says, referring to Google’s acquisition of Fitbit
    • “Few consumers are fully informed of, nor can they...



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