Italy Starts Proceedings to Fine Google

Italy’s antitrust regulator has started proceedings to fine Google for allegedly restrictive conditions in their terms of service to customers for using Google Drive, months after fining the tech giant over similar antitrust violations.

The antitrust said in a filing that the proceedings had to be wrapped up within 120 days.

Last year, the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) had opened a probe on major cloud computing services including Apple for iCloud and Dropbox, and Google for Google Drive.

The probe focused on alleged unfair clauses in the services’ terms and conditions contracts which include inadequate indication of how much information will be collected from the user.

In March this year, AGCM fined Google over €100 million ($116 million) for “abusing its dominant position in the market”.

The regulator said Google violated EU laws by refusing to allow an Italian company’s app to be used with Google’s Android Auto app, calling the move anticompetitive. The external app mimics features of an Android device on a car’s dashboard information.


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