Apple fined $264k in Italy for warranty violations

Apple has been fined €200,000—roughly $264,000—by the Italian antitrust authority, Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM), for failing to make changes to its AppleCare warranty policies from March 28 to November 10. The Italian regulator originally fined Apple €900,000 (approximately $1.2 million) last year for selling two-year AppleCare warranty coverage while failing to inform customers that Italian law already offered two years of coverage. Apple made changes on November 10th that now present consumer rights as “clear and unambiguous,” according to the AGCM, but the company still faces the additional fine for not complying with the AGCM regulations sooner. Notably, Apple has also discontinued the sale of physical AppleCare packages in Apple Stores; Italian customers can now only purchase AppleCare online. [via The Next Web]

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