European Data Protection Digest

Advocate: Google Data Use Should Be in Antitrust Talks

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

November 1, 2012

A European-based consumer rights group has said the European Union should consider Google’s access to personal data in its antitrust considerations, Businessweek reports. Consumer organization BEUC Director General Monique Goyens said in a letter to the EU’s antitrust chief that much of the company’s market advantage is “largely fueled by its access to users’ personal data.” Goyens added, “The privacy policy of Google is directly linked to its dominance in the online search and should therefore be considered as an aggravating factor in your analysis.”
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