ACCC brings in DXC Technology for Consumer Data Rights project

17 May 2023 Consultancy.com.au 1 min. read

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has brought in DXC Technology to manage its Consumer Data Rights platform.

Less than a month after ACCC chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb’s address on merger reforms cast some doubt over the future acquisition freedoms of large ICT consultancies, the ACCC has itself swapped out one large ICT player for another, with DXC Technology taking over from NTT Digital.

NTT Digital has been responsible for servicing the Consumer Data Rights (CDR) project and platform since 2019.

ACCC brings in DXC Technology for Consumer Data Rights project

Spanning the next three years, the $15 million DXC Technology contract covers the installation, operation, maintenance and other support for the CDR platform, part of the former government’s reform agenda to grant consumers greater access to and control over their data and promote competition in the banking, energy and telecommunications sectors among others.

In an odd twist, DXC Technology is currently being taken to task by the ACCC for an alleged ‘tendering cartel’ scheme alongside Swift on mining services contracts in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

According to court action taken by the ACCC, employees of Swift and DXC Technology in 2019 struck a price fixing agreement on the supply of ICT equipment to a number of mining villages, where they colluded that one would submit higher prices to rig the bidding.