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Tech & Science ACCC defends voluntary code of conduct for digital giants

04:48  15 december  2019
04:48  15 december  2019 Source:   skynews.com.au

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A code of conduct is a set of rules outlining the norms, rules, and responsibilities of, and or proper practices for, an individual. A company code of conduct is a code of conduct commonly written for employees of a company

The ACCC chair has defended the digital platforms’ voluntary code of conduct, telling Sky News the competition watchdog was “delighted” with the government’s response to its inquiry.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a crackdown on digital giants Facebook and Google – which includes a dedicated unit within the ACCC to monitor and report on competition and consumer protection in digital platform market.

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a code of conduct to ensure news businesses on digital platforms are treated fairly and transparently. In response to fake news, the government will ask the big companies like Facebook and Google to develop a voluntary code of conduct for disinformation and news quality, with

New ACCC unit will monitor tech giants and ‘modernise’ online regulations, Scott Morrison says. The government has also put the digital companies “on notice” that they will face a mandatory code of conduct if digital platforms and media businesses are unable to agree to a voluntary code of

Digital companies also have 11 months to negotiate with the ACCC and the government on a code of conduct and will face a mandatory code if one is not agreed to by November 2020.

When asked if the voluntary code missed the beat, Rod Simms told Sky News there had been a “misunderstanding” around the code.

“What is being said is that give the parities – we said nine months, the government has given them 11 months - to negotiate and see where that gets to. The benefit of that is if you were simply to impose the code you wouldn’t be well informed as you would be with the negotiations,” he said.

“If they come to a good spot and that code is agreed, then its still something that while voluntarily put together would then be enforceable.

“If they don’t get far enough in the negotiations… then I think the government made it very clear yesterday in their response they would consider a mandatory code.”

Facebook and Google could be forced to reveal their algorithms to Australian media companies ahead of any changes .
Facebook and Google may have no choice but to reveal any changes they make to their algorithms ahead of time, as part of a new code of conduct in Australia.In December, Prime Minister Scott Morrison signalled his government would send tech companies, media companies and the ACCC into the same room to hammer out a code of conduct to tackle "bargaining power imbalances".

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