Missouri launches investigation into Google's handling of consumer data

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 05:38:31 AM. Missouri's attorney general said Monday that he has launched an investigation into whether Google has mishandled private customer data and manipulated its
Missouri's attorney general said Monday that he has launched an investigation into whether Google has mishandled private customer data and manipulated its search results to favor its own products, a further sign that Silicon Valley's political fortunes may be on the descent. The probe comes after European antitrust regulators levied a $2.7 billion fine against Google in June and as Washington is taking a harder look into the influence of dominant tech companies in American society. Attorney General Josh Hawley said that the investigation will focus on three issues: The scope of Google's data collection, whether it has abused its market position as a dominant search engine and whether the company used its competitors content as its own in search results. The state has issued Google a subpoena seeking information about its business practices. The Kansas City Star first reported on the investigation. "The bottom line is Missouri is not going to give Google a free pass," Hawley said. "I will not stand idly by and simply take the word of any corporate giant as to their best interests." Hawley, who recently announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, said that the investigation was prompted in part by the fine levied against Google by European officials for favoring its own search results, as well as concerns that Google was engaging in similar behavior in the United States. Hawley said that a preliminary investigation suggests that Google may not be accurately disclosing how much...Read more
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