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Italy’s competition watchdog probes Google over data portability

Italy’s competition authority AGCM said on Thursday (Jul 14) it has launched an investigation against Google over an alleged abuse of dominant position in data portability.

The watchdog said in a statement that Google allegedly hindered interoperability with other platforms, particularly with Weople, an app by Italian operator Hoda.

“Google’s conduct could compress the right to portability of personal data and could constrain the economic benefits that consumers can derive from their data,” the regulator said, adding that the alleged abuse could limit competition.

The competition regulator carried out inspections on Wednesday at Google premises along with Italy’s finance police, it said in a statement. CNA

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