CDD, EPIC, USPIRG Opposition to Google/Doubleclick "Big Data" Merger

By: Jeff Chester | Sep 11 2019
2007 FTC filings example of groups calling for antitrust, privacy and other safeguards for digital marketplace

Working closely with the Electronic Privacy Information Center ( and US PIRG, CDD led a campaign to oppose the acquisition of Doubleclick by Google.  CDD opposed the deal on privacy, consumer protection and competiton grounds.  We all foresaw what would happen if Google was allowed to swallow a leading digital marketing giant--more data collection, industry consolidation, weakening of consumer and privacy rights.  It all happened of course, in part because the FTC hasn't ever been able to deal with the marketplace.  Here are two of the filings done in this case.

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