Google and Apple fined in Italy for commercial use of user data

Google and Apple were fined € 10 million each by the Italian Agency for the Protection of Competition and the Market (AGCM). The sanction was imposed for “aggressive actions” related to the commercial use of user data.

Image source: Gerd Altmann /

Image source: Gerd Altmann /

The ministry said in an official statement that the two tech giants did not provide “Clear and timely information” about how they use the data of users of their services. The Office also added that when registering and setting up a Google account, the system is designed in such a way that the terms of use of the data must be accepted. In the case of Apple, users are also not given a choice. The fine imposed by the antimonopoly authority, as stated by its representatives, is the maximum for such an offense.

Recall that recently the Italian Office fined Amazon and Apple for a more significant amount of $ 200 million. According to the regulator, in 2018, the two companies entered into an agreement according to which the sale of products under the Apple and Beats brands by official and unofficial ones was illegally prohibited in the Italian division of the Amazon store. resellers other than Amazon itself and a number of approved companies. Apple declared its innocence and announced its intention to appeal the fine.


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