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Australia’s competition regulator is likely to take legal action against Google and Facebook and could allege “unconscionable conduct” or breaches of consumer protection laws, the previous head of the regulatory agency said.

In its long-awaited report into online platforms released in July, the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) took the unusual step of revealing it was investigating Google and Facebook for alleged breaches of consumer and competition law.

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Christopher Niesche

Christopher Niesche is the Australia correspondent for Law.com International. He covers the business of law in Australia and writes about lawyers, global and domestic law firms and in-house law departments. He also covers Australian regulatory matters. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter: @ChrisNiesche.

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