TechnologyStates Expected to Announce Antitrust Probe of Google Next Week

23:35  03 september  2019
23:35  03 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

Google could soon face another antitrust investigation

Google could soon face another antitrust investigation Next week, more than half of the nation's attorneys general are expected to announce an antitrust investigation into Google, The Washington Post reports. Details on the investigation are limited, but it's yet another probe into fears that big tech has amassed too much power. Both Democrats and Republicans have expressed concerns that just a handful of companies control the internet and technology at large. Earlier this summer, a House antitrust subcommitteegrilled executives from Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

(Bloomberg) -- More than half of state attorneys general are planning to open an antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc.’s Google next week, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Multiple states are planning to announce the coordinated probe on Sept. 9, said three people, who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive deliberations. The plans could change.

U.S. antitrust enforcers have already taken preliminary steps toward a probe of the search giant, which is also a major player in online ads and mobile operating systems. It has faced antitrust investigations in Europe as well.

The Washington Post previously reported the state investigation. It was not immediately clear what the probe would focus on or which states would participate.

Google target of new U.S. antitrust probe by state attorneys general

Google target of new U.S. antitrust probe by state attorneys general Google target of new U.S. antitrust probe by state attorneys general

A group of state attorneys general said in June at an enforcement workshop hosted by the Federal Trade Commission that they are examining a wide range of practices, including data collection, digital advertising and innovation, among large tech companies.

Google spokesman Jose Castaneda said the company continues “to work constructively with regulators, including attorneys general, in answering questions about our business and the dynamic technology sector.”

--With assistance from Erik Larson.

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