Australia watchdog calls for controls on Facebook, Google

Sydney: Australia’s competition watchdog today recommended tighter controls on the use of personal data and measures to ease Facebook and Google’s dominance of online advertising among a slew of measures to better police the internet giants.

Intensifying the global drumbeat of calls to regulate some of the 21st century’s biggest corporate titans, Australia’s government said it would take the watchdog’s 23 recommendations and propose regulation by the end of the year.

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said, “They need to be held to account and their activities need to be more transparent.”