TechnologyU.S. House panel demands tech company emails in antitrust investigation

16:40  13 september  2019
16:40  13 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Technology companies face a backlash in the United States and across the world, fueled by concerns among “Their predatory power grabs demand strict & stiff investigation & antitrust action,” the The FTC settled an investigation of Google in 2013 with a reprimand. The company has been fined

The investigation is also partly a shot at the antitrust agencies, which he said have been too slow to act. While Congress lacks the power to break up big tech companies or levy fines, it has the ability to The investigation will likely result in a report outlining possible policy recommendations, Ciciline

(Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Friday demanded internal emails and other company records from Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc, Apple Inc, and Alphabet Inc's Google as it seeks evidence of anticompetitive behavior.

U.S. House panel demands tech company emails in antitrust investigation © Reuters/REUTERS FILE PHOTO FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee requested the documents by Oct. 14.

The companies did not immediately return a request for comment.

This demand comes days after the Texas attorney general led a group of 50 attorneys general from U.S. states and territories in a probe on whether Google abuses its market power in advertising.

The U.S. Justice Department said in July it is investigating "whether and how" large tech companies in "search, social media, and some retail services online" are engaging in anticompetitive behavior, an apparent reference to the same companies named by the House panel on Friday.

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe and Bryan Pietsch; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Chizu Nomiyama)

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