Tax & AccountingMay 24, 2020

ACCC Report on Digital Platforms – What are the Implications?

Recommendations for Competition, Consumer Protection & Privacy.

In its recently released report on Digital Platforms, the ACCC has made sweeping recommendations that will affect the future shape of competition, consumer protection and privacy policies and laws. If accepted by government, the recommendations will have implications not just for the major platforms, news organisations and advertisers, but for businesses and consumers across the economy.

Governments and authorities around the world are grappling with the distinctive characteristics of digital markets and the challenges that they pose for existing policy settings, legal rules and enforcement approaches. The ACCC’s report makes an important contribution to this global debate about how to ensure that our policy and legal tools are fit for purpose in a dynamic data-driven environment.

The webinar will provide an overview of the key findings and recommendations of the report relating to:

  • the rise and significance of digital platforms in news and advertising markets and the economy generally;
  • the market and bargaining power of digital platforms and the risks posed for competition;
  • the data-based business models of these platforms and the risks for consumers; and
  • proposed changes to Australia’s competition, consumer protection and privacy laws in response to these risks and how these proposals correspond with international developments.

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the webinar and will be provided with a copy of the PowerPoint.

Webinar Learning Outcomes:

Participants will have an understanding of the ACCC’s analysis, findings and recommendations and insight into their potential implications pertaining to Australia’s competition, consumer protection and privacy law frameworks.

Suited to:

The webinar is suitable for any legal or business professional keen to understand the wide-ranging significance of the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry Report.

Presenters Bio’s:

Caron Beaton-Wells is a Professor in Competition Law at the University of Melbourne Law School and a lay member of the Australian Competition Tribunal. She is Director of the University’s Competition Law & Economics Network and Global Competition and Consumer Law Program. Her research spans a wide range of areas in competition policy, law, economics and enforcement with a recent focus on competition issues in a digital economy. She is extensively published by leading international publishing houses, and has authored or co-authored six books and over 50 chapters or journal articles in this field.

Caron teaches subjects relating to competition law and economics primarily at postgraduate level. She has been appointed to national and international editorial and advisory boards and is regularly invited to speak in international and national fora. She is also a member of the Law Council of Australia’s competition and consumer and small business committees. Caron was formerly a solicitor at (now) King & Wood Mallesons and a barrister at the Victorian Bar (2007-2016). She holds a Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne.

Dr Katharine Kemp is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney. Katharine’s research focuses on competition law, consumer protection and data privacy in financial services regulation. She has published widely in these fields, including the book “Misuse of Market Power: Rationale and Reform” (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and numerous peer-reviewed articles. She is the Co-Leader of the “Data as a Source of Market Power” research stream for The Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, with Dr Rob Nicholls of the UNSW Business School. She is also the convenor of the postgraduate course, “Financial Law and Regulation in the Age of Fintech” and lectures Contracts at UNSW Law.

Before joining the faculty, Katharine was a Research Fellow on the UNSW Digital Financial Services Research Team, conducting in-depth research into the regulation of digital financial services in developing countries in particular, including through fieldwork in these countries. She has also practised as a commercial lawyer at Allens, as a barrister in Melbourne, and consulted to the Competition Commission of South Africa during the six years that she lived and worked in South Africa.

You will be provided with:

  • PowerPoint presentation slide deck
  • Any Supporting documentation
  • Webinar Recording to view multiple times for up to 6 months


28 August 2019

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