Cicilline Statement on Google’s Acquisition of Fitbit

Nov 1, 2019

PAWTUCKET – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) released the following statement this afternoon after Google announced its acquisition of Fitbit:

 

“Google’s dominance is currently under investigation by Congress, the Justice Department, and 50 U.S. states and territories. By attempting this deal at this moment, Google is signaling that it will continue to flex and expand its power in spite of this immense scrutiny.”

 

“Google’s proposed acquisition of Fitbit would also give the company deep insights into Americans’ most sensitive information—such as their health and location data—threatening to further entrench its market power online.”

 

“This proposed transaction is a major test of antitrust enforcers’ will and ability to enforce the law and halt anti-competitive concentrations of economic power. It deserves an immediate and thorough investigation.”