The Federal Antimonopoly Office of Germany opened two investigations against Google. The regulator will check the company for non-competitive behavior and methods of working with personal user data. TECHCRUCH writes about this.
The purpose of the first investigation will be the audit of the company’s business for compliance with the Rules of Competition. This is necessary due to the fact that Google owns an extremely wide range of services, including the Android operating system, search engine, YouTube, maps and other products.
The second trial will concern the data processing policies in the company. The regulator will check whether Google receives the informed consent of users to use the information received. Also, check will affect interservice data processing. The Federal Ministry of the Interior noted that the protection of consumers is the main objective of the Competition Act.
«Thanks to the ecosystem covering various markets, the company takes such a position when competing brands are difficult to oppose something. Because of the large amount of digital services offered by Google, the company may hold leading positions in different markets, “the head of the department Andreas Mundt) said.
In response, Google representatives expressed their readiness to cooperate with the German regulator. The company also rejected the assumption that people are forced to enjoy their services.
Google has already had problems with European regulators. In 2019, the French Data Protection Service was fined a $ 57 million company for disappointing Android users of clear information when requesting permission to process data for targeted advertising.