The Italian competition authority, the AGCM, is investigating Google over concerns it is abusing its dominant position and hindering the data portability rights of people under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), following a complaint from Weople, the data bank operated by Italian company Hoda. The Weople app enables users to link third-party accounts to move personal data into a data vault. The free service then masks and anonymises the data, which can be used to target personalised offers without any information being shared with advertisers. In a press release, the AGCM wrote: "In the Authority's view, Google's conduct could compress the right to portability of personal data, established by Article 20 of the GDPR, and could constrain the economic benefits that consumers can derive from their data. At the same time, the alleged abuse could restrict competition because it limits the ability of alternative operators to develop innovative data-based services."
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