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German Google Data Probe Targets Heart Of Digital Dominance

  • Cartel Office discusses landmark probe into advertising giant
  • Mundt: Google’s data collection processes gives it unfair edge


Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

A German probe of internet giant Google is targeting the heart of what enables Big Tech to dominate markets in the digital age: data. That’s according to Andreas Mundt, the head of Germany’s antitrust office, and one of the sector’s most tenacious critics.

In what is set to become a landmark antitrust case, Mundt’s Bonn-based Federal Cartel Office disclosed this week that it had sent a formal warning to Alphabet Inc.’s Google over the company’s user terms. The regulator claims that the company gains a competitive advantage by limiting consumer choice about how user data is harvested. The case will focus on the benefits that Google derives from its data collection processes, Mundt said in an interview with Bloomberg News.