GVH closes procedure against Google

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The Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) said on Friday it has closed a procedure against Google, which was sparked by data collection concerns.

The GVH closed the procedure after Google made commitments to inform users how its Allo instant messaging mobile app processes data "in plain language and in a balanced manner."

In addition, Google must also post an informative banner on its YouTube channel for one day in the fourth quarter of 2018 highlighting that it collects and handles consumers’ personal data and recommending that consumers review privacy policies and settings.

"The rights of consumers to make undistorted business decisions may be violated even if data protection rights are properly observed, if consumers are not supplied with information that would be necessary to make well-established decisions (or not supplied timely with correct information, or supplied timely with misleading information, or the information is not clear enough)," said the GVH in explaining its decision.

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