Missouri attorney general investigating Google

14 November, 2017, 01:51 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Hawley's office says U.S. regulators were wrong not to pursue legal action over potential antitrust violations

Google agreed to change some business practices the FTC said were stifling competition in certain markets.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is going after internet giant Google.

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Hawley's office argues that federal regulators were wrong not to sue Google and that inaction left an opening for a potential state suit.

The Kansas City Star first reported on the investigation. "I will not stand idly by and simply take the word of any corporate giant as to their best interests".

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"Through this extensive cross-platform data collection, Google can construct highly detailed profiles of users and their online activity", Hawley says in a fact sheet issued Monday.

Federal regulators in the US have also investigated Google over antitrust claims. In Congress, however, the search giant and other dominant tech companies have come under increased criticism in recent months over a range of issues, from their failure to prevent Russian operatives from manipulating their platforms during the 2016 election to their sprawling size and industry-swallowing operations. "We want to make sure that Google is not misappropriating it, that they are informing consumers about what they are collecting, that they are using the personal data that they do collect in a lawful manner and that consumers have the option to opt out of any collection that may violate their privacy". He says most people don't realize that Google builds individual user profiles of those who use the company's services.

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Patrick Lenihan, a Google spokesman, declined to say how the company intends to respond to the subpoena because it has not received it yet.

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