WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amazon announced today that it would buy IRobot Corp., maker of the Roomba vacuum. Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, released the following statement:
“The last thing American and the world needs is Amazon vacuuming up even more of our personal information.
“This is not just about Amazon selling another device in its marketplace. It’s about the company gaining still more intimate details of our lives to gain unfair market advantage and sell us more stuff.
“Federal regulators should not allow Amazon to suck up IRobot/Roomba. Amazon should not be permitted to leverage its retail market power to expand its market share of connected home devices.”