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Technology EU investigates Google data collection practices

07:25  01 december  2019
07:25  01 december  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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The European commission is launching a new investigation into Google , examining the company’s data collection practices , according to a report from The new investigation suggests that the EU is not yet done with its scrutiny of Google , which has already resulted in more than €8bn (£6.8bn) of fines.

No, European antitrust regulators still aren't done looking into Google's practices. The European Commission told Reuters in a statement that it's conducting a "preliminary investigation" into Google's data collection. While it didn't go into detail, a leaked document indicated that the focuses were on local search, ads (including ad targeting), sign-in services and web browsers, among "others." It's covering the core of Google's businesses, to put it another way.

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We've asked Google for comment. In the past, it explained that it used data to improve its services and gave users controls to manage and delete their info.

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No, European antitrust regulators still aren't done looking into Google 's practices . The European Commission told Reuters in a statement that it's conducting a "preliminary investigation " into Google 's data collection . An investigation doesn't necessarily guarantee the EU will file an antitrust case.

Reuters is reporting that European Union ( EU ) antitrust regulators are asking to look at documents detailing Google ’s data collection practices . The judgements were the result of investigations proving Google had violated antitrust rules by using its dominance unfairly. If the current set of

An investigation doesn't necessarily guarantee the EU will file an antitrust case. However, officials have previously slapped Google with over €8 billion (about $8.8 billion) in fines over allegations of restrictive ad contracts, anti-competitive Android policies and similar claims. It wouldn't be shocking if the Commission found issues with Google's data gathering methods, especially when national regulators have already fined Google for reported GDPR violations.

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