Meta & Google seem shocked that Australia thinks Australians would prefer to protect their personal information and risk losing benefits provided by ad-supported apps. What can the government be thinking with regard to plans for the Australian Privacy Law? Meta argues these protections will hurt small business, as it did when Apple conceived of stricter on-device privacy controls (which have proved enormously popular with consumers)…while Google raised a geolocation technicality – stating that restricting addresses would be onerous, and perhaps blocking just postcodes would be sufficient. For whom, one might ask??