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Google warns free services like Gmail and YouTube are now 'at risk' for millions

The draft legislation being mooted by Canberra also includes penalties of up to $ 5million per breach, or 10 per cent of a company’s local turnover.

A draft of the legislation was published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission last month.

It also covers other matters such as news companies being notified of any changes to algorithms.

In response to Google’s latest remarks, the Australian competition regulator said the search engine giant’s ‘open letter’ contained “misinformation”.

Rod Sims, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman, said: “Google will not be required to charge Australians for the use of its free services such as Google Search and YouTube, unless it chooses to do so.

“Google will not be required to share any additional user data with Australian news businesses unless it chooses to do so.”

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