Attorneys general for the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and all U. S. states except California and Alabama are joining the bipartisan probe into whether Google has engaged in anticompetitive behavior. “When there is no longer a free market or competition, this increases prices, even when something is marketed as free, and harms consumers,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) said of the investigation, according to CNBC. “Is something really free if we are increasingly giving over our privacy information?
Kent Walker, Google’s chief legal officer, published a blog post on Friday responding to the upcoming probe. “We have answered many questions on these issues over many years, in the United States as well as overseas, across many aspects of our business, so this is not new for us,” Walker wrote. “The DOJ has asked us to provide information about these past investigations, and we expect state attorneys general will ask similar questions.
Google Targeted In Major State Antitrust Investigation Fifty U. S. attorneys general are joining the investigation, led by Texas. Fifty U. S. attorneys general on Monday announced an investigation into potential antitrust violations by Google, marking the latest attempt to regulate the tech giant.