Italian competition regulator fines Google and Apple for data use

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ROME, November 26 (Reuters) – Italy’s competition regulator fined Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) and iPhone maker Apple 10 million euros ($ 11.2 million) each (AAPL.O) for “aggressive practices” related to the commercial use of user data.

The authority said in a statement that the two tech groups had failed to provide “clear and immediate information” on how they collect and use data from those who access their services.

Google and Apple have both said they disagree with the antitrust ruling and will appeal.

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The watchdog said that when users create their accounts with Google, the system is designed in such a way that the data terms of use are set to be accepted.

In Apple’s case, users don’t have a choice on the matter, the antitrust regulator added.

“We provide state-of-the-art transparency and control to all users, so they can choose what information to share or not, and how it is used,” Apple said in a statement, describing the regulator’s view as ” false”.

Google said in a statement that it follows “fair and transparent practices to provide users with useful services, as well as to provide clear information about their use.”

The fine is the maximum amount the watchdog can apply in these cases, the regulator said.

($ 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

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