In response to the privacy concerns raised by the merger between Google and Doubleclick, a hearing was convened by the European Commission on 19 January 2008. At the hearing, Google’s representatives said that Google is interested in acquiring Doubleclick as the purchase “reflects its desire to enter the third-party ad-serving market” and the deal will not involve the merger of the databases of the two companies. A decision on the merger is schedule for 2 April 2008. However, it must be noted that the authority of the European Commission is limited to matters that affect competition and does not extend to privacy matters.
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