Google/Fitbit review: Privacy IS a competition issue

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DG Comp’s review of Google’s plan to buy Fitbit Inc. for $2.1 billion has been reported to not involve privacy regulators, despite privacy implications of the merger highlighted by the European Data Protection Board, the body that advises the European Commission on the application of EU data protection law. In the past, however, Commissioner Vestager has stated that where privacy acts as a parameter of competition, competition authorities could and should get involved.

In this article, Cristina Caffarra and Tommaso Valletti of Imperial College Business School and the University of Rome discuss these issues around the role of data and the interface between competition and privacy issues.

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