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Hawley subpoenas Google, says Missouri is not giving company a "free pass"

14 November 2017, 12:52 | Jan Cross

Missouri AG Josh Hawley launches investigation of Google

Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes the stage during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco on Oct. 4 2016

The investigation will seek to determine if Google has violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act - its principal consumer-protection law - and other state antitrust laws, according to a statement. During a news conference today, Hawley says he wants to know if Google is breaking Missouri law by the way it's collecting, using, and releasing information about its users and their online activities.

"It is a very strong concern that we have potentially in Google a company that is gathering all sorts of personal confidential information and then using that personal confidential information for profit", says Hawley.

The investigation will focus on Google's collection of user data and whether the search giant manipulated search results to favor its own interests over competitors.

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In the announcement, Hawley's office emphasized the historic $2.7 billion in fines leveled by the European Union against Google for its anti-trust practices and a complaint filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center with the Federal Trade Commission on Google's consumer tracking practices.

Google, which has challenged the European regulators' fine, didn't immediately comment.

It reported 385,888 images of local businesses posted by Yelp users had appeared in Google's local search results, a direct violation of the settlement. But the Federal Trade Commission settled with Google in 2013 and said it didn't find any reasons to impose radical changes on how the company runs its Internet search engine.



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