FILE PHOTO: Fitbit, After the watch has to be seen in front of a Google logo in this illustration picture taken November 8, 2019. REUTERS/dado Ruvic
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice, the review of the plans, a-z, Inc-owned (GOOGL.D) Google will have to buy a fitness tracker maker Fitbit, Inc. FIT in.(N), for possible anti-trust issues, a source told Reuters on Tuesday.
The $2.1 billion deal will give the search and advertising giant Google, and the ability to take on Apple and Samsung in the crowded field of fitness trackers and smart watches. It was announced on Nov. 1.
Watchdog groups such as Public Citizen and the Center for Digital Democracy, among others, have called for antitrust enforcers to block the deal on the grounds that it will give Google even more data about Us consumers.
The New York Post was first to report that the Department of Justice for the merger. The Federal Trade Commission also reviews mergers could be examined is Google’s deal for the Track.
Major tech companies such as Facebook (FB.Oh, Google, Amazon.com (AMZN.O) and Apple (AAPL.(O) in the face of a host of violations of the probes by the federal government, state attorneys general, and congress.
Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Nick Zieminski