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Technology Google reportedly under antitrust scrutiny for new internet encryption protocol

00:55  30 september  2019
00:55  30 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Google 's bid to encrypt domain name requests appears to be raising hackles among American officials. After Math: The New York AG sues Dunkin Donuts over hacking charges. Google might not have much to worry about, though, as it's not the only one pushing for the same encryption .

Google , Facebook and Amazon have come under intense bipartisan criticism, and There has been a wave of new antitrust scrutiny into tech companies in Washington, including a Senate hearing in May on digital advertising that featured accusations that Google engaged in anticompetitive practices.

Google's plans to use a new Internet Protocol has raised concerns among congressional antitrust investigators who worry it could give the company an unfair competitive advantage, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. Investigators want to know whether Google will use any data collected through the new protocol for commercial purposes.

a close up of a sign: Google is reportedly under antitrust scrutiny for its plans to adopt a new DNS encryption protocol. Chesnot / Getty Images© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Google is reportedly under antitrust scrutiny for its plans to adopt a new DNS encryption protocol. Chesnot / Getty Images a close up of a sign: Google is reportedly under antitrust scrutiny for its plans to adopt a new DNS encryption protocol.© CNET

Google is reportedly under antitrust scrutiny for its plans to adopt a new DNS encryption protocol.

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Investigators for the House Judiciary Committee asked Google in a Sept. 13 letter for information about its "decision regarding whether to adopt or promote the adoption" of the protocol, the Journal reported.

The new standard, called DNS over TLS, aims to improve internet privacy and security by encrypting traffic, hampering hackers' ability to spoof websites. The company plans to begin testing the new protocol with users of its Chrome browser next month.

Privacy is on the front burner these days as consumers come to grips with understanding just how much data companies have gathered from them. Facebook is still dealing with the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the UK-based company obtained data on 87 million people without their permission.

Google acknowledges DOJ scrutiny as part of competition review

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But the new standard could alter internet competition, with cable and wireless companies being cut off from much of users' valuable DNS surfing data. That would give Google an unfair advantage in user data, companies worry.

Leaders of the House Judiciary Committee are conducting an antitrust investigation of Google, as well as Apple, Amazon and Facebook, exploring competition in online markets and whether big tech companies are engaging in "anti-competitive conduct."

The House probe comes as tech giants faces a flood of scrutiny from government regulators, who've targeted tech companies over potential anti-competitive behavior, privacy breaches and data misuse.

Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Antitrust investigation of Google reportedly expands to Android .
Tonight CNBC reports that an ongoing antitrust investigation of Google undertaken by 50 attorneys general is expanding. While it started by looking into Google's advertising business, it has apparently, as expected, expanded its scope to include search and the Android platform. Over the years Google has reached into more services -- next up: checking -- and platforms with increasingly deep ties to one another, and as the investigation concerns the use of customer data, it seems obvious that it will reach every part of the company eventually.The 48 state AGs, as well as two representing Washington D.C.

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