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Germany: Mundt plans third digital market investigation

 |  March 13, 2018

The German antitrust regulator plan to open its third investigation into the digital market soon, its chief said on Tuesday, March 13, sending a warning to tech companies not to abuse their dominance or misuse their collection of personal data.

The comments underline growing regulatory concerns across Europe about the collection of personal data by tech companies.

Last month, the Federal Cartel Office kicked off a sector inquiry into online advertising after advertisers and publishers voiced worries about Google and Facebook’s strong market position.

The move came two months after the regulator launched a sector inquiry to find out how smart TV makers handled user data and the terms of their contracts. Smart TVs, which allow viewers to receive and transmit their user data, have become increasingly popular.

“There will be a third one (sector inquiry) in a short period of time which we are hoping to get out,” antitrust chief Andreas Mundt told a conference organized by the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht association.

Full Content: Reuters

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