Very scary! - Open letter from Google to Australia

We need to notify you of new government regulations that will hurt the way Australians use Google Search and YouTube.

A bill called the News Media Bargaining Code would force us to provide you with a much worse Google Search and YouTube, could result in your data being transferred to major news companies, and jeopardize the free services you use in Australia . .

The way Aussies search Google every day is running Danger due to new regulations

You've always relied on Google Search and YouTube to show you what's most relevant and helpful to you you is . We could no longer guarantee that under this law. The law would force us to give an unfair advantage to one group of companies - news media companies - over everyone else that has a website, YouTube channel, or small business. Only news media companies would get information that would help them artificially increase their ranking above all others, even if someone else delivers a better result. We have always treated all website owners fairly when it comes to information we share about ranking. The proposed changes aren't fair and mean Google and YouTube search results are worse for you.

Uw Search data can be at risk

You entrust us with your information and it is our job to keep it safe. This law requires Google to tell news media companies “how to access” data about your use of our products. There is no way of knowing whether transferred data would be protected, or how it could be used by news media companies.

Hurt the free services you use

We strongly believe in the importance of news for society. We work closely with Australian news media companies - we already pay them millions of dollars and send them billions of free clicks every year. We have offered to pay more to license content. But instead of encouraging partnerships like this, the law was set to give special treatment to large media companies and encourage them enormous and unreasonable make demands that jeopardize our free services.

This law would affect not only how Google and YouTube partner with news media companies, but also all of our Australian users, so we wanted to let you know. We will do everything we can to change this proposal so that we can protect how Google Search and YouTube work for you in Australia and continue to build constructive partnerships with news media companies - don't pick one over the other.

You'll be hearing more from us in the coming days - stay tuned.

Mel Silva, Managing Director, on behalf of Google Australia


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