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By Foo Yun Chee
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc-owned Google’s planned $2.1 billion buy of fitness trackers company Fitbit may harm consumers and hinder innovation, European consumer group BEUC said on Wednesday, calling it a game-changer deal in the health and digital markets.
Google announced the deal in November last year, a move which would allow it to take on Apple and Samsung in the crowded market for fitness trackers and smart watches. Huawei [HWT.UL] and Xiaomi also compete in the market.
Critics however said the deal would give the U.S. tech giant access to a trove of health data gathered from Fitbit’s fitness trackers and other devices used to monitor