Apple, Google fined € 20 million in Italy for breach of customer code

Italy’s antitrust watchdog imposed fines of 20 million euros (approximately 170 crore) on Friday to Apple and Google, the second time the regulator has sanctioned US technology giants this week.

European countries have cracked down on Big Tech’s business practices in recent years, while the EU is moving forward with legislation to tighten regulation.

The Italian competition authority said it fined Apple and Google EUR 10 million (around Rs. 85 crore) each for breaches of the Consumer Code, including failure to provide sufficient information to customers and resort to “aggressive methods” in the use of Their data for commercial purposes.

“Neither Apple nor Google provided clear and immediate information about the acquisition and use of user data for commercial purposes,” the statement said.

The regulator fined Apple and e-commerce giant Amazon 20 million euros (about 170 million Rs.) Earlier in the week for restricting access for certain sellers of Apple products on Amazon.

Meanwhile, EU member states on Thursday agreed on their common position on two landmark laws that could oversee unprecedented Big Tech.


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