MEAA submission to the ACCC inquiry into digital platforms
On April 10, 2018, MEAA provided this submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s digital platforms inquiry. In summary, MEAA believes that effective standards should be established for digital platforms, especially those of scale. We support the following seven measures:
1. that digital platforms of scale be classified as media companies for regulatory purposes;
2. in the absence of Australian publishers and content creators being reasonably compensated for use of media content, an access-per-user fee or percentage of revenue charge be levied on digital platforms of scale, such funding to be retained for a contestable Public Interest Journalism Fund;
3. that an effective ‘good faith’ requirement be included in collective bargaining authorisations under section 88 of the Competition and Consumer Act to enable Australian media companies to engage in mutually satisfactory commercial negotiations;
4. inserting a mandatory ‘public interest’ test into section 50 of the Competition and Consumer Act – mergers and acquisitions;
5. fast-tracking the Productivity Commission’s recommendations for a new Comprehensive Right for consumers to control their data and creation of a new Data Sharing and Release Act;
6. that the Government consider increasing maximum penalties for ‘mass’ privacy/data breaches;
7. that consumers be provided with plain language information about the extent of algorithm use and advised of safeguards.
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s digital platforms inquiry.
Published: April 10, 2018