ACCC patches CMS flaw it blames for TPG-Vodafone choice leak


The Australian Competitors and Client Fee (ACCC) has patched a flaw in its content material administration system (CMS) after the watchdog final week inadvertently disclosed its choice to dam the proposed merger between Vodafone Australia and TPG earlier than it was meant to. 

The ACCC on Thursday afternoon blamed the choice leak on the CMS flaw.

The merger choice was launched at 3pm on eight Could regardless of the ACCC initially intending for it to be launched the next day. The knowledge was stay for eight minutes earlier than it was taken down.

“The knowledge grew to become public when, following the conventional apply forward of bulletins, the knowledge was being enter into the again finish of the mergers register, a third-party person sought to entry the prevailing webpage on the exact second it was being up to date,” the ACCC defined in a assertion.

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ACCC chief working officer Rayne de Gruchy pointed to the watchdog’s observe file of not leaking delicate market info when apologising for the fake pas

“The ACCC has efficiently managed extremely market-sensitive business info for many years and that is the primary time, to our data, merger choice has been launched on this method,” she stated.

“We apologise unreservedly for this unlucky and severe incident.

“We’ve completely reviewed all the processes and knowledge expertise techniques that led to this error, and we wish to guarantee our stakeholders this incident is not going to be repeated.”

As the choice to dam the merger — that the 2 corporations claimed would create a AU$6 billion telco behemoth — was posted throughout ASX’s buying and selling hours, the ACCC determined to subject an announcement on the time confirming the leaked info.

In its choice, the ACCC stated it believed the merger would considerably reduce competitors and that TPG had the business incentive to roll out a cellular community.

In response, Vodafone Australia and TPG are headed to Federal Court docket for a merger approval.