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Apple receives second fine from Italian regulators in one week

Apple and Google were each fined 10 million euros (approximately $ 11.3 million) by the Italian competition authority for failing to properly obtain a user’s consent before using its data for commercial purposes, announced the AGCM. Both are accused of not properly informing users when their data will be used in this way, preventing customers from being able to give informed consent.

This is the second time Apple has been fined by the Italian regulator this week, after he and Amazon were fined more than € 200 million (roughly $ 225 million) on Tuesday for restricting the persons authorized to sell Apple and Beats products on the Italian Amazon store. . A 2018 deal between the two companies meant that only certain resellers were allowed to sell the products on, the regulator said, adding that it violated EU competition rules. Along with the fine, both companies were asked to end the restrictions.

Apple and Amazon both said Reuters that they plan to appeal Tuesday’s fines. Apple has said agreements like these are in place to ensure customers buy genuine products. Amazon called the fine “disproportionate and unjustified” and added that its deal with Apple benefits Italian customers who “can find the latest Apple and Beats products on our store” and “benefit from a catalog that has more than doubled. , with better deals and faster shipping.

Apple and Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the latest fine, but it is unlikely that a fine of 10 million euros would be on the balance sheet of either company. Apple recently announced that it won $ 83.4 billion in revenue last quarter, while Google made $ 65.1 billion.

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