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CR letter to DOJ on Google-Fitbit investigation

Description: Letter from Consumer Reports to Attorney General Bill Barr, supporting DOJ’s decision to launch an in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of Fitbit, the maker of health and exercise online tracking wearable devices. The letter urges that the investigation be thorough and wide-ranging — in light of the potential for the combination of the two troves of personal data the two companies have amassed to be used in intrusive ways to restrict competition and consumer choice in new and powerful ways. The letter urges the Department to take into account the broader amassing of ever-increasing amounts of personalized data, and its potential to manipulate the information and choices available to consumers.