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Australia challenges Google’s ad dominance, calls for data-use rules

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SYDNEY, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Australia’s antitrust watchdog called for powers to curb Google’s use of internet data to sell targeted ads, joining other regulators in saying the firm dominates the market to the point of hurting publishers, advertisers and consumers.

The comments, in a report published on Tuesday, puts Australia alongside Europe and Britain where regulators want to stop the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) unit trouncing rival advertisers by using the data it collects from people’s online searches – including on maps and YouTube – to place marketing material. read more

The U.S. justice department is meanwhile preparing an anti-monopoly lawsuit accusing Google of using its market muscle to hobble advertising rivals, according to media reports. read more

“The Europeans and the U.K. are consulting on such laws at the moment and we’re going to be trying to align with them over the next year,” Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chair…

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