EU may review Intel McAfee deal

Intel may face antitrust investigation of McAfee acquisition, says WSJ

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EU may review Intel McAfee deal The EU may launch a review of Intel's acquisition of McAfee. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  December 19, 2010

The European Union may launch an investigation into Intel's acquisition of McAfee over anti-competition concerns.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that unnamed sources say the EU is concerned the prospect of McAfee having privileged access to security features on Intel processors, which could put other security vendors at a disadvantage.

The EU has not confirmed that it will carry out an investigation, but any in-depth review of the merger could delay closing of the deal for several months.

Intel announced its take over of McAfee, for $7.68 billion, in August, saying that it wanted to make  security a "third pillar of what people demand from all computing experiences".

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