Missouri Attorney General to investigate Google - KMOV.com

Missouri Attorney General to investigate Google

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Josh Hawley. (Credit: KMOV) Josh Hawley. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that his Office has issued an investigative subpoena to Internet giant Google, in connection with an investigation into the company's business practices. 

Specifically, the investigation will seek to determine if Google has violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, Missouri's principal consumer-protection statute, and Missouri's antitrust laws.

"For years, technology companies have dominated the markets with little supervision," Hawley said. "But not anymore. Missouri consumers and business will not be manipulated."

In addition to online users' location, device information, cookie data, online queries, and website history, it is estimated that Google has access to 70 percent of all card transactions in the United States.

“When a company has access to as much consumer information as Google does, it’s my duty to ensure they are using it appropriately,” Hawley said. “I will not let Missouri consumers and businesses be exploited by industry giants.”

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