Apple May Face $26 Billion In Fines With EU Investigation On Voice Assistant Siri

Apple seems to be caught up in a checklist by European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. The Cupertino tech giant just emerged victorious out of an ongoing lawsuit blaming it for not paying $13.9 billion in taxes on its profits in Ireland from 1991 to 2005. Before it could celebrate, it seems like it might be looking down the barrel once again.
This time, Vestager might be going for Apple’s voice to the world - Siri. In fact, Apple is not the only one possibly facing an investigation for its voice assistant. Vestager is looking for dirt on any voice assistant from the likes of Apple, Google and Amazon that could help her build antitrust charges against the services.
For this, Vestager is looking for information from 400 companies for any issues with voice assistants including Apple's Siri, Google's Assistant, and Amazon's Alexa. If any malpractice is found, possibly on the context of data gathering and storage, the tech majors could be facing a massive antitrust charge.
Reports indicate that the penalty might stretch to $26 billion.
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