Online giant’s plans follow surge in internet traffic after pandemic restrictions drove more users and advertisers online.
The government says the law will ensure that news businesses "are fairly remunerated for the content they generate, helping to sustain public interest journalism in Australia."
The suit says Google made deals to shut out competitors and set out to lock out rivals by muscling its search and advertising systems into users' everyday appliances.
The complaint against the tech giant follows a year-long investigation prompted by a petition by five people fired by Google after they led efforts to protest company policies and organise colleagues into a potential union.
The workers in a petition seen by Reuters expressed disappointment with Google not joining the "millions who want to defang and defund" police departments.
Many Google subscribers will be able to join the lawsuit that alleges the company has violated US federal wiretap law.
The RideFlux start-up brings together engineers who have given up well-paid jobs with some of South Korea's most prestigious firms to try to build a ride-sharing company for the tech-savvy nation.
The pandemic lockdowns have solidified the notion of tech companies as a necessity as people’s reliance on the internet, smart phones, apps and social media has significantly increased.
Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google decided not to allow GPS data collection with their contact tracing system dues to privacy issues while preventing governments from using the system to compile data on citizens was a primary goal.
Meet, which has 100 million daily users, had required a Google business or education account to set up calls. While Google has long offered free versions of business tools including Gmail and Google Docs, there has been no equivalent for Meet.
Public health authorities have determined that technology is crucial to apps that will alert people when they have been close to people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Move comes in response to an EU call to stave off internet gridlock as thousands work from home due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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