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Technology DOJ antitrust chief steps down from Google probe, report says

17:45  04 february  2020
17:45  04 february  2020 Source:   cnet.com

The Justice Department will reportedly investigate Google’s Fitbit acquisition

  The Justice Department will reportedly investigate Google’s Fitbit acquisition It’s already leading a larger antitrust probeThe New York Post reports that the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission — either of which could have investigated the merger — both had concerns about the merger. But the Justice Department already opened a larger antitrust investigation into Google, demanding documents from the company in September. The agency has also announced a wide-ranging probe of large technology companies, focusing on “search, social media, and some retail services.” The FTC was given authority to investigate Facebook and Amazon.

The Department of Justice 's top antitrust official has reportedly removed himself from an investigation into alleged anticompetitive practices at Google . Makan Delrahim, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department 's antitrust division, has recused himself due to a "potential conflict of interest

The top antitrust official at the Justice Department was previously hired to lobby the government DoubleClick has become a key part of Google 's advertising business, which has raised antitrust Warren also said in a June letter to Delrahim that he should recuse himself from any probes of Apple

The Department of Justice's top antitrust official has reportedly removed himself from an investigation into alleged anticompetitive practices at Google . Makan Delrahim, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's antitrust division, has recused himself due to a "potential conflict of interest related to his past work for the internet search company," reported The New York Times on Monday.

a close up of a sign: The government has ratcheted up scrutiny of the tech industry. James Martin/CNET© Provided by CNET The government has ratcheted up scrutiny of the tech industry. James Martin/CNET

"As the technology review progressed, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim revisited potential conflicts with previous work with the Department of Justice's ethics office," a DOJ spokesman told the Times. "He and the ethics office have decided that he should now recuse himself from a matter within the tech review in an abundance of caution."

Google's Fitbit acquisition could face DOJ antitrust probe

  Google's Fitbit acquisition could face DOJ antitrust probe The agency is concerned about the search giant's access to consumers' health data.The agency is concerned about consumer data, especially health information, that Google could access through the Fitbit buyout. Google's mergers have historically been reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission, the other US agency in charge of antitrust oversight. But since the Justice Department is undergoing a broader probe of Google, the agency will also look into the Fitbit deal, said the Post.

DOJ edges toward Google antitrust probe . Washington, DC (CNN) The Justice Department is laying the foundation for a potential antitrust While the scope of DOJ 's interest is unclear, agency regulators led by antitrust chief Makan Delrahim may focus their attention on Google 's search

Fox news senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on Google ’s antitrust investigation. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel

Google is facing a wave of regulatory scrutiny. Last year, a large group of state attorneys general announced an antitrust probe into the search giant, focused on the company's dominance in digital advertising. The Justice Department also in July 2019 announced an antitrust probe into the tech industry more broadly, targeting Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. Meanwhile, House Democrats in June announced their own investigation into tech giants, meant to explore whether the companies are engaging in "anti-competitive conduct."

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While working for a private law practice in 2007, Delrahim was reportedly involved with lobbying for Google's acquisition of ad firm DoubleClick, according to the Times.

The Department of Justice didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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