Friday, 17 November, 2017

Google responds to Missouri investigation

Hawley begins investigation into Google in connection to the company's business practices PoliticMO
Laurie Berry | 13 November, 2017, 22:52

"Through this extensive cross-platform data collection, Google can construct highly detailed profiles of users and their online activity", Hawley says in a fact sheet issued Monday.

Missouri's attorney general has launched an antitrust investigation into Google aimed at determining whether the internet search giant skews its search results to favor its own services.

Lastly, Hawley's office is investigating whether Google has manipulated search results to favor websites owned by Google and to demote websites that compete with Google.

"We're concerned they're engaged in a similar pattern of behavior in the United States", he told reporters.

Missouri's attorney general says his office will investigate Google for potential violations of the state's antitrust and consumer-protection laws. It has disputed European regulators' charges.

European Union states start new joint military investment program
This could take place at the next Foreign Affairs Council on 11th December. Mogherini said the move would complement NATO's security aims.

The Missouri investigation comes on the heels of a $2.7 billion antitrust fine issued to the tech giant by the European Union in June for unfairly featuring its own shopping services in its influential search results. Yelp said in the letter that Google has been violating commitments it made after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission closed an investigation into the search engine's practices in 2013.

Hawley says he plans to examine several issues, including whether Google's privacy policy adequately discloses its data-mining practices. However, lawmakers in the past year have become increasingly skeptical of and at times antagonistic toward the tech industry.

Hawley noted that the FTC had chosen not to take enforcement action against Google after a 2012 investigation of its search practices. Hawley, a Republican, is seeking to unseat Democrat incumbent Sen. He said the agency essentially gave Google a "free pass".

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

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