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Japan to examine data accumulation in acquisitions

New guidelines cite excessive data hoarding as an antitrust violation

TOKYO -- The Japan Fair Trade Commission will consider how much data is accumulated as the result of a merger or acquisition when screening such deals, according to guidelines released Tuesday involving big data and antitrust violations.

The FTC will consider unjust data hoarding and other inappropriate uses of data collection as antitrust violations. The commission regards the quality of goods and services as tied to large amounts of data analyzed by artificial intelligence.

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