Missouri launches investigation into Google's handling of consumer data

Missouri launches investigation into Google's handling of consumer data

The probe comes after European regulators investigated significant aspects of Google's business and as Washington is taking a harder look into the influence of dominant tech companies in American society.

Attorney General Josh Hawley of the state of Missouri issued an investigative subpoena to determine whether the company´s actions violated state antitrust and consumer protection laws.

It reported 385,888 images of local businesses posted by Yelp users had appeared in Google's local search results, a direct violation of the settlement. "We want to make sure that Google is not misappropriating it, that they are informing consumers about what they are collecting, that they are using the personal data that they do collect in a lawful manner and that consumers have the option to opt out of any collection that may violate their privacy". He says "substantial evidence" suggests the company might manipulate search results to list Google-affiliated websites higher in search results.

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We've reached out to Google with a request for comment and will update when we hear back.

In June, the European Union issued Google a record $2.7 billion antitrust fine.

The company operates "in a highly competitive and dynamic environment", Patrick Lenihan said in an emailed statement. 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. The attorneys general of Utah and the District raised a flag past year, urging the Federal Trade Commission to reopen its investigation into Google's search practices, although the agency has not said it would do so.

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