EU Opens Antitrust Probe Into Linked-Up Smart Devices

Law360 (July 16, 2020, 1:15 PM EDT) -- Europe's competition watchdog said Thursday it will investigate antitrust concerns arising from the fast-growing Internet of Things, seeking data from hundreds of companies in a possible prelude to enforcement actions down the road.

The European Commission announced its inquiry into IoT as the regulator increasingly eyes antitrust issues in the tech sector, particularly among web platforms that collect and store large amounts of data.

The commission plans to zero in on products and services that are connected to a network and can be controlled at a distance, such as through a voice assistant or mobile device. The devices in question include...

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