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The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into Google’s plan to acquire wearable fitness technology maker Fitbit, with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advising the internet giant. 

According to a statement by the Commission, European officials are concerned that Google’s planned €1.7 billion purchase of the device maker, announced in November of last year, will give the search giant control over health and wellness data collected through Fitbit’s smart watches and fitness trackers.

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Linda A. Thompson

Linda A. Thompson is the Brussels-based correspondent for Law.com International. She writes about legal and regulatory issues related to the EU and the European Commission, as well as about lawyers and legal issues in Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. Her coverage includes the business of law at global and domestic law firms and in-house legal departments. and the impact of regulatory decisions on law firms and global companies. She can be reached at [email protected]

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