Italian Watchdog Confirms Third Antitrust Inquiry into Apple

Italy's antitrust regulator has today opened another inquiry into Apple for allegedly improper commercial practices with regards to cloud computing services (via Reuters).

The investigation will also look into the practices of Google and Dropbox, in addition to Apple. The L'Autorit Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) did not release further information or state how long the investigation would take, and Apple has yet to comment on the matter.

"The proceedings relate to alleged improper commercial practices and the possible inclusion of unfair clauses in contract conditions," the AGCM said in a statement.

The investigation is the third by the AGCM into Apple. In July, the AGCM began scrutinizing Apple and Amazon over allegations that the two companies blocked the sale of Apple and Beats devices to resellers in order to stifle competition. Each investigation is separate and managed irrespective of other ongoing investigations.

A previous AGCM probe looked into the company for iPhone battery slowdowns, which the antitrust watchdog said was a form of planned obsolescence. It subsequently demanded a 10 million euro fine from Apple as a sanction.

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6 weeks ago
Well, the Italian government has to maintain its high standards for ethical behavior and culture of fairness in business...

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6 weeks ago
It reminds me of sharks. Once there's blood in the water, the entire shiver crowds in for their share.
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Well, the Italian government has to maintain its high standards for ethical behavior and culture of fairness in business...

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Well, your comment is deeply unjustified as a lot of things changed in the last years.
You'd better focus on Mr. President :)
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6 weeks ago


Failed states with no high-tech industries are looking for money. When will Italy go bankrupt? This year or next?

Italy's GDP has trended more or less in-line with the EU, about -12% this quarter. USA's GDP is at -31% in the same period...
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Well, the Italian government has to maintain its high standards for ethical behavior and culture of fairness in business...

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And they really need the money. All the country’s riches were scavenged by the local church empire rendering many of their ancient cities into total ruins.
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6 weeks ago
The official announcement from AGCM is here ('https://www.agcm.it/media/comunicati-stampa/2020/9/CV194-CV195-CV196-PS11147-PS11149-PS11150') (in Italian). There are a few details:

* The investigation for unfair practices is about lack of proper notification to the user of personal data collection for commercial purposes. Furthermore, apparently they take issue that cloud storage services are being linked to such data collection without giving the user the ability to deny consent.
* The investigation for unfair contractual clauses is about the ability the services operators grant themselves to suspend service, deny liabilities in case of user data loss, the ability to unilaterally modify contract clauses and lack of a full Italian versions of the contract text.
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