Alphabet-owned Google’s $2.1 billion (roughly Rs. 15,000 crores) bid for health trackers firm Fitbit may pose privateness dangers, the European Information Safety Board (EDPB) warned on Thursday, including its voice to different critics of the deal. Google introduced the deal in November final yr, because it seeks to compete with Apple and Samsung within the crowded marketplace for health trackers and smartwatches. Fitbit, whose health trackers and different gadgets monitor customers’ day by day steps, energy burned and distance travelled, would give the US tech large entry to a trove of well being information gathered from Fitbit gadgets.
Such entry is worrying, the EU privateness watchdog mentioned.
“The doable additional mixture and accumulation of delicate private information relating to individuals in Europe by a serious tech firm may entail a excessive stage of threat to privateness and information safety,” it mentioned.
It urged the businesses to evaluate their information privateness necessities and privateness implications in a clear means and mitigate doable privateness and information safety dangers earlier than searching for EU antitrust approval for the deal.
Google mentioned it could by no means promote private info to anybody and that Fitbit well being and wellness information wouldn’t be used for its adverts whereas Fitbit customers would have the choice to assessment or delete their information.
“Defending peoples’ info is core to what we do, and we are going to proceed to work constructively with regulators to reply their questions,” the corporate mentioned in a press release.
European Competitors Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who will vet the deal, in November voiced her considerations about huge corporations focusing on data-heavy rivals.
The European Fee on Thursday in an emailed remark mentioned it had but to be formally notified.
“It’s at all times as much as the businesses to inform transactions with an EU dimension to the European Fee,” it mentioned.
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