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Privacy groups vow to fight Microsoft-Yahoo deal

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malware-help0036-12-jan-08.jpg"Privacy groups are promising a fight before U.S. regulatory agencies if Microsoft’s offer to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion is accepted, and the deal could face significant hurdles in Europe as well. Microsoft announced that it sent an offer to Yahoo’s board of directors last Thursday, going public with the news Friday morning. Immediately, the executive directors of the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) said the acquisition would raise serious privacy concerns.

CDD will press the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and Congress to "scrutinize this deal and impose the needed safeguards for it — and the industry," said Jeffrey Chester, CDD’s executive director. CDD and EPIC tried to stop Google’s proposed acquisition of online ad service DoubleClick on privacy grounds before the FTC last year, but the FTC approved the deal in December." – Content courtesy of Privacy groups vow to fight Microsoft-Yahoo deal | InfoWorld | News | 2008-02-01 | By Grant Gross, IDG News Service

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