According to a report from Reuters, Italy has opened a cartel investigation of Apple, Google and Dropbox over each company’s cloud computing services. The country’s antitrust guard, the Autorita ‘Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, is investigating the companies for “inappropriate commercial practices” and “unfair terms in contract terms.”
The Italian antitrust authority said on Monday that it had opened an investigation by Google Inc., Apple Inc. and Dropbox Inc. into cloud computing services. “The negotiations relate to alleged unfair commercial practices and the possible inclusion of unfair clauses in contract terms,”; the authority said in a statement.
This is the third antitrust investigation that Italy launched Apple. Most recently, the country launched an investigation into Apple and Amazon due to sales tactics. That survey, as reported by AGCM, focuses specifically on whether Apple and Amazon worked together to limit sales of Apple and Beats products from third-party sellers on Amazon’s website.
“This investigation is aimed at determining whether Apple and Amazon have reached an agreement restricting competition to ban the sale of Apple and Beats branded products by electronics retailers not participating in the official Apple program, topics, the latter, which they legitimately Buy products from wholesalers and then resell them to retailers. “
In addition, Apple also lost an appeal in Italy due to the endless iPhone scandal. Many years ago, Apple reduced the performance of older iPhones to maintain battery performance. The court ruled that Apple should have notified consumers of the change, and therefore rejected the company’s appeal against the original ruling.
“The Board believes that the audit has correctly assessed that the information related to the battery concerns important aspects of the device and as such should have been made available to consumers in accordance with the professional care required of companies in a world-leading group operating worldwide in the high technology sector. “