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Google in antitrust row

FTC won't let them be
Tue May 29 2007, 11:00
THE Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating Google's planned $3.1 billion purchase of the online advertising company Doubleclick.

According to the New York Times, the FTC is concerned about antitrust problems relating to the deal but has not commented officially. Google said it was confident that the deal would withstand scrutiny.

Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Centre believes that the FTC might be concerned with online privacy. His outfit has asked the FTC to look at this angle to the deal.

He is concerned that Google collects the search histories of its users, while DoubleClick tracks what Web sites people visit. The merger would "give one company access to more information about the Internet activities of consumers than any other company in the world."

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