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Italy hits Apple, Google with antitrust fine

Italy‘s antitrust watchdog imposed 20 million euros ($ 22.5 million) in fines on Friday on Apple and Google, the second time the regulator has sanctioned US tech 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 10 million euros each for violations of the consumer code, including failure to provide sufficient information to customers and resorting to “aggressive methods” in the use of their data. For commercial purposes.

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

Google said in a statement that it would appeal the fine and that its practices were “transparent” in offering customers useful services, according to Italian news agencies.

Apple said it has long been committed to protecting the privacy of its users, adding that the regulator’s opinion was incorrect and would also appeal it.

The regulator imposed a 200 million euro fine on Apple and e-commerce giant Amazon earlier this week for restricting access to certain sellers of Apple products on Amazon.

Meanwhile, the member states of the European Union agreed on Thursday their common position on two landmark laws that could establish unprecedented oversight of big technologies.

Source Credit: TheGuardian

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