The commission seems to be placing increasing importance on contracts Google has signed with third parties.
European antitrust regulators have launched a probe into Alphabet's (Google) collection of data. The European Union is not finished with its scrutiny of Google, reports Reuters. Last week, the European Commission sent out questionnaires to organisations that work with Google.
The questionnaires raised inquiries about data sharing agreements made with the search giant. While the commission didn’t get into any details about the investigation, the report stated that the questionnaire for the investigation focused on “data related to local search services, online advertising, online ad targeting services, login services, web browsers and others.”
An executive for EU said the antitrust regulators are seeking information on how and why Google collects data. The EU regulator explained in an email to Reuters that “The Commission has sent out questionnaires as part of a preliminary investigation into Google’s practices relating to the company's collection and use of data. The preliminary investigation is ongoing.”
The commission seems to be placing increasing importance on contracts Google has signed with third parties. The new investigation suggests that the European Union isn’t just about done scrutinising Google. An investigation doesn’t necessarily guarantee the EU will file an antitrust case.
However, in past instances, the European Competition Commissioner has filed several antitrust cases against the search giant, resulting in more than eight billion euro in fines over allegations of anti-competitive Android policies, restrictive advertising contracts and similar such claims.Considering regulators have already fined Google for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) violations, it wouldn’t be surprising if the commission found issues in the search giant’s data collection methods.Are you happy with your current monthly income? Do you know you can double it without working extra hours or asking for a raise? Rahul Shah, one of the India's leading expert on wealth building, has created a strategy which makes it possible... in just a short few years. You can know his secrets in his FREE video series airing between 12th to 17th December. You can reserve your free seat here.