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Technology Fitbit takeover: Google makes further concessions

23:20  16 october  2020
23:20  16 october  2020 Source:   t3n.de

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The EU Commission has postponed the deadline for examining the Fitbit deal a second time. Google has apparently made a new offer.

Mit der Fitbit-Übernahme bekommt Google Zugriff auf Gesundheitsdaten. © PixieMe / Shutterstock With the Fitbit takeover, Google gets access to health data.

The outcome of the EU Commission's review process for the takeover of Fitbit by Google has not yet been decided. For the second time, the Commission has postponed the deadline , now to January 8th. Reuters reports to , citing anonymous sources, that Google has made further concessions.

The EU Commission wants to prevent Google from expanding its market power through the takeover and from personalizing advertisements with the user data. The test procedure has been running since August and should actually be completed on December 9th. Google had to make improvements

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Google has already made several concessions and offered the Commission to limit the use of Fitbit data for advertisements. Other companies whose services can be linked to the Fitbit platform should also continue to be able to access the data.

After the EU Commission obtained feedback from competitors and consumers on these proposals, Google now had to make further improvements, reports Reuters. The aim was again to allay the EU's antitrust concerns.

It is not known what specific measures Google is planning to take. Even if it has already been leaked that the EU Commission will probably approve the deal

, the last word has probably not yet been said about the specific design.

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