The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will examine in detail Amazon's offer to purchase iRobot, a famous manufacturer of robotic vacuum cleaners, from Romeba.
Last Monday, the FTC requested additional information from both companies regarding a transaction estimated at $1.7 billion. Apparently, the agency decided to respond to human rights defenders' demands to block the transaction as a potential threat to consumers. Over two dozen organizations sent letters to the FTC to fear that the takeover would help Amazon.
Human rights defenders argue that Amazon may try to start selling Roomba vacuum cleaners to itself or in a package with a Prime signature, which would pose a threat to other producers of robot pollinators, and Amazon will also have detailed information on the design of owner houses and their way of life, which will give the company a significant advantage over other members of the electronic commerce industry.
FTC also sent a request to Amazon for the absorption of One Medical, which the company wants to buy for $3.9 billion, a form of both requests that does not allow for the closure of transactions until all the necessary information is provided to the regulator. Recently, the agency said that it was considering the development of new regulations for American companies: further restrictions on the collection, use and exchange of personal data of citizens are needed.