Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Missouri AG investigating Google's business practices

Missouri AG investigating Google for antitrust violations Missouri AG subpoenas Google in antitrust investigation
Heather Davidson | 14 November, 2017, 01:26

Claire McCaskill's seat in 2018, told reporters that he issued an "investigative subpoena" to the tech giant to gather information.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley launches an antitrust investigation into Google (GOOGL, GOOG), accusing the company of violating the state's consumer protection laws.

He says most people don't realize that Google builds individual user profiles of those who use the company's services.

Also of interest to Hawley's investigation is the roughly 70 percent of all card transaction information that Google collects.

In a statement, Google spokesman Patrick Lenihan said that his company has not yet received Hawley's subpoena.

Google has come under growing scrutiny globally as it has become a top provider of online search, mobile software and advertising technology.

Attorney generals of 37 states reached a $7 million settlement in 2013 over Google's unauthorized collection of Wi-Fi data through its Street View digital-mapping cars. States including Ohio, Mississippi and Texas saw inquiries falter without substantive consequences.

"This is not a "Dear Google" letter", he said.

In the announcement, Hawley's office emphasized the historic $2.7 billion in fines leveled by the European Union against Google for its anti-trust practices and a complaint filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center with the Federal Trade Commission on Google's consumer tracking practices.

Hawley's investigation seeks to determine whether Google violated Missouri's antitrust laws by scraping content from competing websites, bumping down competitors in search results and listing Google-owned sites first.

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