Italy’s antitrust watchdog imposed 20 mn euros ($22.5mn) in fines on Apple and Google on Friday, the second time the regulator has sanctioned US tech giants this week.
European countries have cracked down on the business practices of Big Tech in recent years, while the EU is moving forward with legislation to tighten the regulation, Economic Times reported.
The Italian competition authority said it fined Apple and Google 10mn euros each for violations of the consumer code, including failing to provide enough information to customers and resorting to “aggressive methods” in the use of their data for commercial ends.
“Neither Apple nor Google provided clear and immediate information on the acquisition and use of user data for commercial ends,” the statement said.
Google said in a statement that it would appeal the fine and its practices were ‘transparent’ to offer customers useful services.
Apple said it has long been committed to protecting the privacy of its users, adding that the regulator’s opinion was wrong and would also appeal to it.
The regulator imposed a 200mn euro fine on Apple and e-commerce giant Amazon earlier this week for restricting access for certain sellers for Apple products on Amazon.
Meanwhile, European Union member states on Thursday agreed their common position on two landmark legislation that could set precedented oversight on Big Tech.