Apple is accused of not telling the truth about data used to create an Apple ID
The Authority stated, “Google bases its economic activity on offering a wide range of products and services connected to the Internet… also based on user profiling and carried out thanks to their data. Apple collects, profiles and uses user data for commercial purposes through the use of its devices and services. Therefore, even without proceeding with any transfer of data to third parties,” it concludes, “Apple directly exploits its economic value through a promotional activity to increase the sale of its products and/or those of third parties through its App Store, iTunes Store and Apple Books commercial platforms.”
Apple, which has been heavily promoting the privacy that iPhone users enjoy, is under fire for not telling users that when they create an Apple ID, Apple uses the information for commercial purposes. Instead, Apple says that creating the ID helps to personalize and improve their experiences.
The tests used by Apple used static and pure water compared to real life where the water that an iPhone might find itself in could be agitated and salty. The second part of the complaint is a charge against Apple that many U.S. iPhone buyers complain about. The Italian Competition and Market Authority said that Apple shouldn’t be allowed to promote the iPhone’s water-resistance to sell the device, but deny warranty claims about water damage.
Apple and Amazon were fined $230 million by Italian anti-trust regulators just days ago
Even though the iPhone’s warranty states, “The guarantee does not cover damage caused by liquids,” the Italian agency said that most consumers would be deceived by the statement since Apple does not make it clear what kind of guarantee is being discussed. Apple also doesn’t discuss the limitations and conditions of the water-resistance that Apple uses to protect the iPhone.
Just a few days ago, Apple and Amazon were fined $230 million by Italy’s antitrust regulator L’Autorit Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM). The company’s were accused of working together as a team to prevent Apple’s competitors from dropping the prices of their products that compete against Apple and Beats wearables. Amazon and Apple say that they plan on appealing the decision.