Social network Facebook has asked European Union antitrust regulators to examine its $19 billion takeover of mobile messaging service WhatsApp, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.
Companies, which need approvals for mergers from several national regulators in Europe, typically prefer to take their case to the European Commission to avoid the hassle of multiple reviews.
The deal was cleared in the United States last month by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a letter to the two companies on April 10, said WhatsApp must adhere to its current privacy practices after the merger, including a promise not to use WhatsApp users' personal data for targeted ads.
Facebook was not immediately available for comment, while a European Commission spokeswoman declined to comment.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee and Arnab Sen; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)
Trending On Reuters
The Obama administration on Tuesday sided against Google Inc and said the U.S. Supreme Court should not hear the company's appeal in a case against Oracle Corp with wide implications for the technology industry, according to a court filing. Full Article
Japan nuclear regulator finishes review on Kyushu reactors, could be first to restart. Full Article
Factbox - China's leaders sign $80 bln of deals with India, Brazil and others. Full Article
Obama administration asks U.S. top court to decline Google copyright appeal. Full Article
Iraq Shi'ite militia take lead in campaign to reverse Islamic State gains Full Article