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Google’s $2.1 Billion Fitbit Deal Hits Roadblock As EU Opens Probe

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European Union has launched an investigation into the Google-Fitbit deal

Alphabet unit Google’s bid to tackle Apple and Samsung within the wearable expertise market by shopping for Fitbit hit a hurdle on Tuesday as EU antitrust regulators launched an investigation into the $2.1 billion deal. The transfer by the European Commission on Tuesday got here regardless of Google’s pledge final month to not use the health tracker’s knowledge for promoting functions in a bid to handle competitors considerations. The EU antitrust enforcer stated the info pledge was inadequate to allay its worries.

“The proposed transaction would further entrench Google’s market position in the online advertising markets by increasing the already vast amount of data that Google could use for personalisation of the ads it serves and displays,” the Commission stated.

It singled out on-line search and show promoting providers and advert tech providers, the place analytics and digital instruments are utilized in digital promoting, as two areas that may be affected by the deal.

It stated knowledge collected through wrist-worn wearable gadgets seemed to be an necessary benefit in internet marketing, and the deal would give Google an edge in personalising search engine adverts and making it troublesome for rivals to compete.

Ultimately this may end in increased costs for advertisers and publishers.

The investigation may also concentrate on digital healthcare and whether or not Google would make it troublesome for rival wearables to operate with its Android smartphone working system.

The Commission will determine by December 9 whether or not to clear or block the deal.

Google stated the mixture of its and Fitbit’s {hardware} would enhance competitors within the sector the place gamers embody Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei and others.

“This deal is about devices, not data. We’ve been clear from the beginning that we will not use Fitbit health and wellness data for Google ads,” Rick Osterloh, senior vp for gadgets and providers, stated in an announcement.

“As we do with all our products, we will give Fitbit users the choice to review, move or delete their data.”

The deal has drawn criticism from healthcare suppliers, wearables rivals and privateness advocates.

Fitbit has a three per cent share of the worldwide wearables market as of the primary quarter of 2020, far behind Apple’s 29.three per cent share, and in addition trailing Xiaomi, Samsung and Huawei, knowledge from market analysis agency International Data Corp confirmed.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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