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Italy’s antitrust regulator fines Google, Apple over data use

ROME, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Italy’s antitrust regulator has fined Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) and iPhone maker Apple (AAPL.O) 10 million euros ($11.2 million) every for “aggressive practices” linked to the industrial use of person data.

The authority mentioned in assertion the 2 tech teams didn’t present “clear and immediate information” on how they gather and use the data of those that entry their companies.

Both Google and Apple mentioned they disagreed with the antitrust’s determination and that they might enchantment it.

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The watchdog mentioned that when customers arrange their account with Google, the system was designed in such a manner that the phrases and circumstances on data utilization have been set as much as be accepted.

In the case of Apple, customers should not have a selection on the difficulty, the antitrust regulator added.

“We provide industry-leading transparency and control to all users, so they can choose what information to share or not, and how it’s used,” Apple mentioned in an announcement, describing the regulator’s view as “wrong”.

Google mentioned in an announcement it adopted “fair and transparent practices to provide users with useful services, as well as provide clear information on their use”.

The tremendous is the utmost quantity the watchdog can apply in these instances, the regulator mentioned.

($1 = 0.8903 euros)

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Reporting by Giulia Segreti; Additional reporting by Elvira Pollina and Maria Pia Quaglia; Editing by Edmund Blair

A 3D printed Google logo is placed on the Apple Macbook in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

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