Posted November 03, 2018 17:15:16A new competition watchdog has been appointed to help tackle the problem of “unfair” and “fraudulent” online business courses, the ABC understands.
The new competition commissioner is Michael Dukes, a former Australian Competition & Consumer Commission director.
He has been tasked with reviewing the complaints received from consumers who have been frustrated by courses on the popular business courses platform Udemy.
Udemy is now owned by Google and has been accused of charging millions of dollars for a course that was available on the platform until it was taken offline by the US government last year.
The regulator is examining whether the company misled consumers about its business-related services and if it was in breach of Australia’s Competition and Privacy Act.
The US Federal Trade Commission has been investigating Udemy since 2016.
The ACCC is also investigating.
The Australian Competition Commissioner’s Office is the primary regulator for competition in Australia.
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