The Federal Trade Commission has asked Amazon and iRobot for more information about the Roomba vacuum maker’s $1.7 billion e-commerce giant.
In a filing Tuesday, iRobot said the FTC on Monday requested more details on the deal announced last month and will expand Amazon’s stable of smart home devices.
A group of about 20 pro-privacy and activist organizations have urged US antitrust promoters to halt the deal, citing concerns about privacy and Amazon’s already powerful position in the smart home devices market.
According to a report by Politico, the FTC investigation began earlier this month and includes both face-to-face competition and whether the deal is affecting the e-commerce company in the illegally connected device market as well as the overall retail market. Will boost market share.