Missouri Opens Antitrust Investigation Into Google

Marcus Newton
November 14, 2017

Missouri's attorney general has launched a broad investigation into whether Google is violating the state's consumer-protection and antitrust laws, a new front in the internet giant's regulatory battles.

Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley, who also is running for Democratic U.S. Sen.

Hawley's office is checking into what Google does with the user information it collects and allegations that it inappropriately scrapes information from competitors' websites.

Hawley on Monday announced the investigation, which comes on the heels of a $2.7 billion fine issued to the company by the European Union for antitrust violations. In a statement, Hawley said he also hopes to glean whether the practice.

A Google spokesman said that the company had not yet received Missouri's subpoena, but that it has "strong privacy protections in place for our users".

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National regulators last probed Google in 2013, when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement with the internet company.

Federal regulators in the US have also investigated Google over antitrust claims.

"There is strong reason to believe that Google has not been acting with the best interest of Missourians in mind", Hawley said in the statement.

Missouri is launching an investigation into whether Google has broken its consumer protection and antitrust laws.

Hawley's office says USA regulators were wrong not to pursue legal action over potential antitrust violations.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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