Consumer watchdog may investigate if Facebook data illegally used in Australian elections

ACCC’s media inquiry could allow it to examine concerns about harvesting of personal data by firms such as Cambridge Analytica

The Australian consumer watchdog could investigate if data analytics companies used harvested Facebook data illegally to affect elections, amid revelations about the firm Cambridge Analytica.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is currently examining the impact of search engines and social media on competition in the media and advertising markets.

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Pauline Hanson’s One Nation declares $30,000 for use of James Ashby’s plane

Australian Electoral Commission says it is ‘actively investigating’ matters related to the plane

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation has belatedly declared $30,375 for the use of James Ashby’s plane, which is at the centre of an ongoing Australian Electoral Commission investigation.

In an amendment to the party’s 2015-16 financial disclosures lodged on 15 March, the party declares 243 hours flying time in the plane at $125 an hour.

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