OIP welcomes the Statement of objections issued by the Bundeskartellamt against Google’s preferential treatment of its data processing terms

L’OIP se félicite de l’annonce par le Bundeskartellamt, l’autorité de la concurrence allemande, de la mise en œuvre d’une procédure formelle à l’encontre de Google et de sa maison-mère Alphabet.

Agreeing with the analyses of our association and data protection authorities across the European Union, the Bundeskartellamt believes that the American group must change the way it collects and cross-references the personal data of Internet users through its various services, allowing it to gain an unfair competitive advantage over its competitors.

According to the Bundeskartellamt’s analysis, Google currently allows itself to combine data from its various services, for example, for the purpose of very detailed advertising user profiles or to train functions provided by services, including through the Google Play services integrated into many apps for Android devices.

However, the preliminary conclusions of the German competition authority show that Google does not offer European users sufficient choice to make an informed objection to this processing of their data across services. Google is using this consent defect to obtain data that its competitors cannot obtain, and thus ensure that their products are not competitive.

"In Europe, compliance with the protective rules of the GDPR is essential not only for the right to data protection of European citizens, but also to ensure a fair level of competition between all players. Players like Google must be prohibited from coming to Europe without accepting the rules scrupulously respected by European players, and Google must be prevented from benefiting from the continued and repeated violation of European law,"
says Leonidas Kalogeropoulos
Delegate general
The OIP is pleased that the Bundeskartellamt intends to use its enforcement powers under Section 19a of the German Competition Act to prohibit Google from continuing practices that are illegal under German and European law. At the European Union level, the Digital Markets Act (DMA) should also allow the Commission to prohibit such practices as soon as they are detected.
"OIP calls for the DMA to be implemented as quickly and effectively as possible. We must fight to ensure that illegal and abusive practices that impede competition and undermine consumer rights stop as soon as they occur, and this requires both protective measures and uncompromising enforcement of the DMA's dispositions,"
declares Quentin Adam


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