Italian regulator opens investigation into Google on data portability rights

The Italian competition authority is investigating Google for potentially impeding data portability rights, as required by the EU’s GDPR. This investigation was spurred by a complaint from Weople, a direct marketing platform, and involved inspections at Google’s premises by the competition regulator and Italy’s finance police.

According to TechCrunch, the Italian competition authority has opened an investigation into Google over concerns it has abused a dominant position by hindering data portability rights which are afforded to individuals under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The procedure follows a complaint made to the authority by the operator of a direct marketing platform called Weople. Reuters reports that the competition regulator carried out inspections at Google premises along with Italy’s finance police.