Apple iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox probed on ‘unfair’ cloud storage practices

Some of the world’s major cloud storage providers are struggling with an investigation more than supposedly unfair business methods in Europe.

The competition authority in Italy (ACGM) has announced it is opening a probe into Apple iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox next a variety of issues concerning “unfair professional methods”.

The ACGM has launched six investigations, which will also target on alleged violations of Italy’s Client Rights Directive, as well as “vexatious clauses” bundled in specific contractual circumstances.

Cloud storage probe

In a push release, the ACGM famous that the unfair methods alleged against Apple and Google issue the collection of consumer facts which was then utilized for professional functions. The watchdog adds that customers were not supplied enough data or the prospect to be in the place to give consent to the collection of their facts.

Dropbox is accused of the identical rates, but also of failing to deliver, “in a apparent and quickly obtainable manner”, data on how customers could get out of their contracts, such as working out the suitable to rethink. The company is also be investigated for not allowing for customers entry to out-of-court docket dispute settlement mechanisms, giving them an much easier way to offer with issues.

The other investigations issue some of the contractual particulars set out by all three companies, such as their suitable to suspend providers for customers liability exemption even in the celebration of decline of documents stored in the user’s cloud place the possibility of unilateral modification of the contractual circumstances and the prevalence of the English version of the contract text more than the Italian version.

None of the three companies has responded to the rates however, but all have been contacted by TechRadar Pro for comment.

The information arrives as many European nations appear to crack down on the electric power that US know-how giants hold on the continent.

Through TechCrunch