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EU antitrust conducted inspections over limits to bank accounts' access

BRUSSELS, Oct 6 (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Friday it had conducted inspections in some EU states over banks' alleged anti-competitive practices in limiting rival financial firms from accessing information about their customers' accounts.

The Commission said in a statement it had "concerns" that the companies involved "may have engaged in anti-competitive practices in breach of EU antitrust rules." It did not name any company.

It said that banks could have prevented non-bank competitors from gaining online access to data of their customers to provide financial services, in spite of having obtained a previous authorisation from the customers. (Reporting by Francesco Guarascio zfraguarascio; editing by Andrew Roche)