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Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and iPhone maker Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) have each been fined 10 million euros ($11.23 million) by Italy’s antitrust commission for “aggressive actions” related to the commercial exploitation of user data.
In a statement, the authority claimed that the two internet companies failed to offer “clear and immediate information” on how they acquire and utilize data from those who use their services.
It goes on to say that when users create a Google account, the system is set up in such a way that the terms and conditions for data usage are automatically approved.
Users in the case of Apple do not have a say in the matter. The fine is the highest sum that the watchdog can impose in certain situations, according to the statement.
Story by : Norvisi Mawunyegah