The Australian Communications and Media Authority has issued a formal warning to online retailer Groupon Australia for sending daily email newsletters without the consent of people.
Already available on iPhone, the Groupon app can now be added to the Nokia Symbian, Adnroid and Windows 7 smartphones.
Groupon has announced that Patrick Schmidt, previously co-CEO of Groupon Australia and New Zealand, has been chosen to lead Groupon’s Latin America business.
Initially launching under the domain of stardeals.com.au, group buying company Groupon Australia will now operate using www.groupon.com.au domain name.
The brothers behind Scoopon and CatchOfTheDay have managed to buy themselves a stake into US daily deal site Groupon for an undisclosed amount.
Stardeals began operating in Australia on February 14, first offering deals in Sydney, shortly followed by Melbourne and Brisbane.
Crowdmass was launched by young entrepreneurs Ying Wang, David Wei and Tim Wu in May 2010, which has attracted a strong following in Melbourne.
Despite continuous reports of flat overall retail spending, sales for group buying and daily deal websites are booming, growing by 280 per cent this financial year, according to IBISWorld.
Stardeals negotiates discounts with local businesses allowing its subscribers access to daily email alerting them about the deals.
The Australian group buying market is currently the fastest growing sector in the online retail space, according to telecoms, media and ICT analyst firm Telsyte.
Part of the US-based Groupon network, Stardeals will provide subscribers free daily emails alerting them to the deals that are only activated when a minimum number of people agree to buying.