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Google Sides With Facebook Amid Data-Dominance Investigation

  • Economist says antitrust laws shouldn't protect privacy
  • French competition chief also weighs in against German stance
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Google sided with Facebook Inc. amid a brewing antitrust clash over how the social network giant may have abused its power to leverage customer data.

Fabien Curto Millet, an economist at Google, told a Paris conference that it’s wrong to meld data privacy with antitrust issues. Earlier, the head of France’s competition authority said he preferred a less confrontational approach than his German counterparts had taken on the issue.