Missouri A.G. Hawley Investigating Google Over Mining Personal Info, Rigged Search Results
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. —
Missouri's attorney general says his office will investigate Google for potential violations of the state's antitrust and consumer-protection laws.
A statement released Monday by Attorney General Josh Hawley's office says the agency has issued a subpoena to the tech giant, which recently came under fire by European Union regulators for antitrust violations.
Federal regulators in the U.S. have also investigated Google over antitrust claims. 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. Various other state investigations of Google for alleged abuses of its power have not led to definitive conclusions.
Hawley's office says U.S. regulators were wrong not to pursue legal action over potential antitrust violations.