Italy’s competitors watchdog mentioned on Thursday it had fined Google 102 million euros for abuse of dominant place as a consequence of its Android cellular working system and its app retailer Google Play. In an announcement, the regulator mentioned it had additionally required Google to make Enel X’s app for providers associated to electrical car charging out there on Android Auto.
Google was additionally lately fined by France, in December final yr. France’s competitors authority fined Google 150 million euros ($167 million) for anti-competitive behaviour and for having unclear promoting on the Google Adverts web page.
The superb comes as France and different European nations preserve excessive ranges of scrutiny on main US tech corporations corresponding to Google, Fb, Apple, and Amazon, which are sometimes criticised for having comparatively low tax funds.
In September, Google agreed to pay near 1 billion euros to French authorities to settle a fiscal fraud probe that started 4 years in the past.
Google, which is the world’s largest web search engine, has additionally confronted rising regulatory scrutiny concerning the content material it promotes in search outcomes and advertisements.
Isabelle de Silva, head of the French competitors authority, advised information convention that Google’s dominance within the internet marketing enterprise was “extraordinary”, with the US firm having a market share of round 90% in that discipline. Google mentioned it might attraction the superb.