WASHINGTON: EPIC Advocates for Privacy, Algorithmic Transparency in Agreeing to FTC’s failure to block the Google/DoubleClick merger, which accelerates Google’s dominance of Internet advertising, and the WhatsApp/Facebook merger, which paved the way for Facebook to access confidential WhatsApp user data #AceNewsDesk – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – May.15: EPIC has sent a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee ahead of a hearing on the new Antitrust Chief. EPIC urged the Committee to consider the role of consumer privacy and data protection in merger reviews #AceNewsDesk

EPIC warned that “monopoly platforms” are reducing competition, stifling innovation, and undermining privacy.

EPIC pointed to the FTC’s failure to block the Google/DoubleClick merger, which accelerated Google’s dominance of Internet advertising, and the WhatsApp/Facebook merger, which paved the way for Facebook to access confidential WhatsApp user data. EPIC also said that “algorithmic transparency” would become increasingly important for merger analysis.

EPIC is a leading consumer privacy advocate and regularly submits complaints urging investigations and changes to unfair business practices.

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