Google faces an­titrust in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Mis­souri

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SAN FRAN­CISCO: Mis­souri’s at­tor­ney gen­eral said on Mon­day his of­fice would in­ves­ti­gate whether Al­pha­bet Inc’s Google vi­o­lated the state’s con­sumer pro­tec­tion and an­titrust laws.

Josh Haw­ley, a Repub­li­can seek­ing to un­seat Demo­cratic US Sen­a­tor Claire McCaskill in next year’s elec­tions, an­nounced at a press con­fer­ence that he is­sued an in­ves­tiga­tive sub­poena to Google.

He ex­pressed con­cern over the ac­cu­racy of the com­pany’s pri­vacy pol­icy, al­le­ga­tions it mis­ap­pro­pri­ated con­tent from ri­vals and claims it de­moted com­peti­tors’ web­sites in search re­sults.

Google said it had not yet re­ceived the sub­poena.

“How­ever, we have strong pri­vacy pro­tec­tions in place for our users and con­tinue to op­er­ate in a highly com­pet­i­tive and dy­namic en­vi­ron­ment,” spokesper­son An­drea Fav­ille said in a state­ment.

Google has come un­der grow­ing scru­tiny glob­ally as it has be­come a top provider of on­line search, mo­bile soft­ware and ad­ver­tis­ing tech­nol­ogy.

But for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tions have reached vary­ing re­sults in the last seven years.

— AFP

A neon Google logo is seen as em­ploy­ees work at the new Google of­fice in Toronto.

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