Government to overhaul digital media rules

Paul Osborne
(Australian Associated Press)



* $26.9 million for special unit in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to monitor digital platform markets and take action.

* First inquiry by new unit will look at the supply of online advertising and ad-tech services.

* Media regulation to be overhauled so online platforms are covered in the same way as traditional media.

* First stage of reforms will look at a uniform classification framework, whether there should be Australian content obligations on subscription video-on-demand services and ways to boost Australian film and television content.

* A voluntary code to address power imbalance between digital platforms and news media businesses to be finalised no later than November 2020.

* If there is no agreement, a code could be mandated.

* Review of the Privacy Act to protect consumer data.

(Source: Government media release)


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