It seems problem is knocking at the door of the tech giant as it faces another probe from the EU and an anti-trust investigation after being slapped with $1.7 billion fine earlier this year.
As per the Reuters report, the EU has been investigating how Google collects and uses data. A questionnaire has been sent to Google, asking how it bargains their data and if they ever withhold it. The EU has confirmed the probe but has been calling it an ongoing preliminary investigation to find Google’s collection and use of data.
The European Commission appears to carry out a broad range of scrutiny of Google’s overall data related to local search services, online advertising, login services, online advertising targeting services, web browsers, and more.
As per Google’s spokesperson, they use data to make their services to reflect relevant advertising and make their services more useful, and people have the ultimate control to delete or transfer their data.
Google has been hit by the European Commission with 3 massive anti-trust fines in the past 3 years. In 2018, the tech giant was slapped with a record fine of $5 billion by the EU for ‘abusing the dominance of its Android operating system.’ In 2017, it was fined $2.7 billion for ‘practices related to its online shopping service.’
Google is currently appealing to all 3 fines, which is a total of $9.4 billion. The tech giant is also facing problems on the home front, with 50 state general attorneys currently investigating various facets of Google’s business.