Mo. AG Investigating Google's Competition, Privacy Practices

Law360, San Francisco (November 13, 2017, 4:08 PM EST) -- Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said Monday his office has subpoenaed Google Inc. as part of a larger investigation into whether the tech giant’s alleged collection of user data, use of competitors’ content and manipulation of search results violate state consumer protection and antitrust laws.

Hawley’s investigation seeks to determine whether Google violated Missouri’s antitrust laws by scraping content from competing websites, bumping down competitors in search results and listing Google-owned sites first. In a statement, Hawley said he also hopes to glean whether the practice of collecting users’ location, cookie, transaction and query history violates the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act....

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