CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Justice Department’s top antitrust enforcer warned tech giants on Friday that amassing vast quantities of consumers’ data could create competition concerns in the eyes of federal regulators, marking the U.S. government’s latest shot across the bow at Silicon Valley.

Makan Delrahim, the chief of the department’s antitrust division, told a conference hosted by a tech lobbying group that DOJ is “studying the ways market power can manifest in industries where data plays a key role.” He stressed that people’s private information had become the lucrative “oil” for the digital age — and its misuse could threaten to harm consumers and corporate competitors.

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