ROME, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Italy's antitrust regulator has
fined Alphabet's Google and iPhone maker Apple
10 million euros ($11.2 million) each for "aggressive
practices" linked to the commercial use of user data.
The authority said in statement the two tech groups did not
provide "clear and immediate information" on how they collect
and use the data of those who access their services.
Both Google and Apple said they disagreed with the
antitrust's decision and that they would appeal it.
The watchdog said that when users set up their account with
Google, the system was designed in such a way that the terms and
conditions on data usage were set up to be accepted.
In the case of Apple, users do not have a choice on the
issue, the antitrust regulator added.
"We provide industry-leading transparency and control to all
users, so they can choose what information to share or not, and
how it's used," Apple said in a statement, describing the
regulator's view as "wrong".
Google said in a statement it followed "fair and transparent
practices to provide users with useful services, as well as
provide clear information on their use".
The fine is the maximum amount the watchdog can apply in
these cases, the regulator said.
($1 = 0.8903 euros)
(Reporting by Giulia Segreti; Additional reporting by Elvira
Pollina and Maria Pia Quaglia; Editing by Edmund Blair)