Top federal and state attorneys could be forming a “trust-busting” group against Google. On Sunday, officials announced a group of seven state attorneys general will meet with Justice Department attorneys to share information about their investigation.
The probe is looking into claims of monopolistic behavior by Google and will touch on their control of online advertising as well as search traffic. The meeting is expected to discuss these issues as well as a division of labor of federal and state attorneys.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes recently spoke out regarding the investigation.
“There’s no question that Google is the market dominant player when it comes to internet search with nearly 90-percent of a share, and there’s nothing wrong with being the dominant player if it’s done fairly,” he stated. “That’s what our investigation intends to uncover and reveal; whether Google has played by the rules and acted fairly.”
Last year, attorneys general from 48 states along with Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. launched investigations into Google. This came as other giant tech companies like Apple, Amazon and Facebook faced “anti-corruption” investigations from other federal agencies.
Attorney General William Barr commented on the “trust-busting” efforts and said the size as well as bipartisan nature of the coalition reflects the importance of the issue. The group is looking to take a broad approach in their investigation and hopes to cover the platform’s deep roots in other online markets.
“Google monitors our online behavior and captures data of every one of us as we navigate the internet, and this investigation will initially focus on the capture of that information and whether Google embedded itself in every level of the online market ad sales to monopolize this industry,” explained Florida Attorney General .
Details of the investigation have been kept quiet from the public. Some reports have speculated the meeting could conclude with the Justice Department and state attorneys general officially joining forces. The meeting is expected to take place later this week.
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