California-headquartered three of the twinkling tech tycoons of Silicon Valley, Apple Inc., Google LLC. And Dropbox, were being investigated over their handing of online storage services, Italy’s competition commission watchdog had said in a statement on Monday, spurring up the heats of a US-EU trade row further amid an ongoing transatlantic tension over a digital taxation law in Europe on tech conglomerates largely based in the United States.
In factuality, according to the statement issued by the Italian Competition and Market Authority earlier on Monday, Italy’s competition watchdog had opened a total of six formal investigations over an apparent mishandling of user data by the iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox.
Aside from that, the statement had also added that the latest probe on Cupertino, CA-based iPhone maker Apple Inc.’s iCloud, Mountain View’s Google Drive, alongside San Francisco-based Dropbox, came against the backdrop of a number of complaints accusing the aforementioned tech behemoths of unfair commercial practices of their users’ online storage data, while had the allegations been factual, the probe could lead to further lawsuits including a violation of Italy’s consumer rights directive.
Besides, fanning the flames further, Italy’s competition commission was also quoted saying that one of the six cases had been investigating a series of serious “vexatious clauses” which could be referred to specific issues having been pressed to cause annoyance, harassment or additional financial burdens.
Italy probes on how US tech megaliths use storage data for commercial purpose
Apart from that, the regulator of Italian Competition Authority, Roberto Rustichelli, said in a separate statement followed by announcement that the country’s anti-trust watchdog had been looking to find out whether the three tech companies had failed to adequately elaborate on how they were going to collect and use their users’ online storage data for commercial purposes, while the regulator had also launched an investigation on Dropbox following complaints that it had botched to offer accessible information on how the users could ditch out their contracts with the San Francisco-based online storage provider.