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Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say that they are investigating Google’s data collection

FILE PHOTO: A man passes by a Google signs outside their offices in Singapore on the 24th of May 2019 at the latest. (REUTERS photo/Edgar Su/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – eu antitrust regulators are investigating Google’s collection of data, the European Commission, told Reuters on Saturday, which suggests that the world’s most popular search engines on the internet, stays on the radar, despite the record penalties in the last couple of years.

The competition enforcers on both sides of the Atlantic are currently looking into what the dominant tech companies in the use and monetise data.

The EU executive said it was looking to the info about why this is the Alphabet, a unit of Google, is in the collection of the data, and how to confirm a Reuters story last Friday.

“The european Commission has sent questionnaires as part of a preliminary inquiry into Google’s practices with regard to Google’s collection and use of your information. The preliminary investigation is ongoing,” the EU regulator, told Reuters in an e-mail.

In a document seen by Reuters, it appears that the focus of the EU on the details of the local search services, online advertising, internet advertising, services, login services, web browsers, and a few others.

The european Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, has handed down fines totalling more than € 8 billion for Google in the past two years, and ordered to the business of their practices.

Google has said that it will use the data to better its services, and that users can manage, uninstall, and transfer of their personal data at any time.

(This story was refiled to check spelling in the first paragraph of the sights, not the sites.)

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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