The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) launched an investigation into Apple, Google, and Dropbox over their respective online data storage services, AP reports. The AGCM noted on Monday that it had started six investigations into the three tech companies’ online storage services due to complaints about unfair business practices and consumer rights violations as well as deliberately obtuse contract clauses.
The watchdog body stated it is investigating whether the companies in question failed to indicate how user data is collected and used for commercial purposes. It is also investigating whether Dropbox failed to provide its users with unambiguous and accessible instructions on how to get out of contracts with the online storage service or resolve potential disputes out of court.
In response to EU pressure last year, Facebook agreed to update its terms and conditions, clarifying how it makes money from user data. Facebook’s planned Oversight Board co-chair Helle Thorning-Schmidt noted last week that she is in favor of regulating social media networks. However, she warned that a heavy-handed approach would have severe negative effects on freedom of speech, CNBC reports. The Board, announced at the end 2018, will have the power to decide whether to delete controversial posts on Facebook and Instagram. Thorning-Schmidt concluded that it would be inappropriate to carry on in a world where Mark Zuckerberg decides what content gets to stay up or be removed.