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Concerns over Veda’s privacy practices

Credit reporting agency, Veda, recently came under fire over its privacy practices regarding disclosure of personal information for marketing purposes. Background Veda (a subsidiary of US credit reporting giant, Equifax) collates credit information about individuals and businesses. Individuals can obtain a free Veda credit report once every 12 months (additional reports in a 12 month … Read more

Europcar rental terms declared unfair

Posted By on 3/05/16

The ACCC certainly wasn’t kidding when it said that it would take a good hard look at the car rental industry. You may have heard that Hertz recently gave the ACCC court enforceable undertakings in relation to its damage assessment processes (see our blog on the Hertz case). Hot on the heels of the Hertz … Read more

Hertz hurting after ACCC probe

Posted By on 3/05/16

If you’ve ever butt heads with a car hire company over damage to a vehicle, then you’ll be very pleased with the outcome of the ACCC’s probe of Hertz’s operations. As part of its review into the practices of the car hire industry, the ACCC investigated Hertz’s car damage assessment practices, and found them wanting … Read more

Clinica cops huge fine for misleading migrants

Posted By on 31/03/16

The Federal Court has found Clinica Internationale Pty Ltd (Clinica) engaged in false and misleading representations and unconscionable conduct regarding training programs offered to migrants. Clinica claimed that its training programs would lead to migrants obtaining cleaning jobs, which would in turn meet the skills test to enable them to obtain permanent residency. Many of … Read more

ACCC enforcement targets for 2016

Posted By on 29/02/16

At his annual speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia recently, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims outlined the Commission’s compliance and enforcement policy for 2016. The ACCC has used the CEDA event platform for the past several years to give fair warning as to the regulatory focus for the coming year. You can read … Read more

Not proven – egg cartel claim dismissed

Posted By on 25/02/16

The Federal Court has ruled that the ACCC’s allegation of cartel conduct levied at the Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) was ‘not proven’. What’s ‘cartel conduct’? Cartel conduct is prohibited under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act). Put simply, businesses enter into a ‘cartel’ when they group together to operate in harmony for … Read more