MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Nine privacy, social justice and consumer groups are calling for the U.S. government to block Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of San Francisco fitness-gadget maker Fitbit, citing antitrust and privacy concerns.
They say in a Wednesday letter to the Federal Trade Commission that the deal would consolidate Google’s dominance over internet services like search, advertising and smartphone operating systems.READ MORE: UPDATE: Estrada Fire Containment 35%; Evacuation Orders Downgraded as Crews Mop Up
They also worry it’ll add to Google’s store of consumer data. Health information is of particular concern. Google, headquartered in Mountain View, has hired health care executives, hinting at a health-data business to come.Hollywood Movie, TV Workers Reach Deal With Producers to Avert Strike
Politicians and regulators have been scrutinizing Google and other Silicon Valley companies for how they use customer data and leverage their size to thwart competitors.
Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.MORE NEWS: COVID Vaccination Count in San Mateo County Revised Down Due to Data Error
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