Australia’s federal court found google misleading users of personal location data collected by Android smartphones, the country’s competition regulator said. ACCC said that android phone users were also not informed by Google that turning off location history but leaving the “Web & App Activity” setting ‘on’ would let it continue to collect the data. Google will be penalised by the local regulator, but the amount is not specified yet.
Wipro has entered into an agreement to acquire Australia-based cybersecurity provider Ampion. The Melbourne-headquartered company was formed after the merger of two IT services providers Revolution IT and Shelde. The combination of Wipro and Ampion will be able to scale up demands for IT products and services in the growing market. Wipro in operating in Australia and New Zealand for the last 20 years.
Microsoft backed the Australian govt policy that would force Google and Facebook to pay publishers for the value their stories generate and proposed that the USA should adopt its own version. “The United States should not object to a creative Australian proposal that strengthens democracy by requiring tech companies to support a free press,” Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post on Thursday.
Google said it will shut down search engine in Australia if the govt goes ahead with the proposed media code that would force it and Facebook to pay local media firms for content sharing. The new law will make the two big tech giants negotiate payments with local publishers and broadcasters for content. If they failed, authorities will decide the price. Australian PM Scott Morrison, in response, said ” We don’t respond to threats.”
HCL Technologies has acquired Australian IT firm DWS Ltd for $115.8M to further expand its digital offerings in the Oceania region. The transaction is expected to close in December 2020, subject to closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. HCL currently employs 1600 people in major cities, including Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. The DWS Group closed FY 2020 with revenues of $122.9M and has over 700 employees.
Deloitte announced its plan to acquire Keytree – UK-based tech consultancy firm with offices in India, Spain, Australia and Canada. It provides digital transformation services in new-age techs like data analytics, cloud and robotics. This deal will combine Deloitte and Keytree’s capabilities to create the largest SAP-enabled transformation practice in the UK and in Europe. Also, enabling Deloitte to grow its client support and digital transformation services.