FILE IMAGE: The Google logo is displayed outside the company’s offices in New York, New York, USA, the 4th of June, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – the European Union’s (EU) antitrust regulators are looking into Google’s data collection, according to a document seen by Reuters-a move that may prove to be even more regulatory woes for the world’s most popular search engines on the internet.
The EU’s executive Commission, has been given a fine of more than 8 billion euros ($8.8 billion) to the Alphabet, a unit of Google over the last two years, and ordered it to change its business practices after an investigation found that the company abused its dominant market position.
Last week, the EU’s competition enforcer sent out questionnaires to various companies, asking them to talk about Google’s practices, and it gives them a month to reply to you.
The focus is on the data within the framework of the local-search services, online advertising, internet advertising, services, login services, web browsers, and a few others.
The companies were asked about the similarities, the transmission of data to Google, or result in the collection of data from their services in the past few years, and whether or not they are compensated for this.
The regulators also wanted to know the nature of the data collected by Google, and how it is used and what is the value of the businesses, consider this information. Another question is whether or not Google and the companies that were subject to contractual provisions that prohibit or restrict the use of the data.
The regulators also wanted to know whether Google had refused to provide information, and how this will impact on the business.
The Commission declined to comment on the questionnaire, and it was unclear which companies were targeted.
In an email to Reuters, Google said: “We use data to make our services more useful and relevant advertisements to show you, and we’re giving people the control to manage, remove, delete, or transfer of their personal data. We will continue to engage with the Commission and others on this important issue for our industry.”
Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne