Missouri launches investigation into Google's handling of consumer data

14 November, 2017, 01:50 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Hawley's office says U.S. regulators were wrong not to pursue legal action over potential antitrust violations

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says fellow Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama should step aside if allegations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago are true.

Google is facing another investigation into its business practices. Hawley said that his preliminary investigation suggests that Google may not be accurately disclosing how much data it collects about customers and that people don't have a meaningful choice to opt out of Google's data collection.

The Federal Trade Commission has come to rely more heavily on states attorneys general for enforcement.

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

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Hawley noted Google has access to an estimated 70 percent of all card transactions in the United States, as well as online users' location, device information, cookie data, online queries and website history.

Missouri is launching an investigation into whether Google has broken its consumer protection and antitrust laws. He says "substantial evidence" suggests the company might manipulate search results to list Google-affiliated websites higher in search results. "However, we have strong privacy protections in place for our users and continue to operate in a highly competitive and dynamic environment", Lenihan said. In a statement, Hawley said he also hopes to glean whether the practice.

"Whether that's the Google search engine, Google mail, Google flights, Google shopping - Google is ubiquitous", Hawley said in an interview with St. Louis Public Radio.

National regulators last probed Google in 2013, when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement with the internet company.

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