The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice are reportedly concerned about Google’s $2.1 billion USD ($2.8 billion CAD) acquisition of fitness wearable company Fitbit.
The New York Post reported that the government agencies are concerned that the acquisition will give Google more access to personal data and that the two agencies are looking to investigate.
A source with knowledge of the situation told The New York Post that “The DOJ’s handling of Fitbit will give an early read on the Google investigation.”
The DOJ has already been looking into Google’s practices concerning anti-competition, and now reports suggest the department will also be reviewing the merger.
Google said at the time of the merger that data from Fitbit users regarding health and wellness would not be used for advertising purposes.