Missouri attorney general launches an anti-trust investigation against Google

Hawley begins investigation into Google in connection to the company's business practices

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Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Missouri's attorney general is trying to find out if Google has violated the state's antitrust and consumer protection laws.

Claire McCaskill's seat in 2018, told reporters that he issued an "investigative subpoena" to the tech giant to gather information.

Hawley's office is checking into what Google does with the user information it collects and allegations that it inappropriately scrapes information from competitors' websites. And, whether or not Google uses the content of competitors without permission. He says "substantial evidence" suggests the company might manipulate search results to list Google-affiliated websites higher in search results.

When asked whether his bid for national office influenced his decision to go after one of the most influential tech companies in the world, Hawley said, "My decision to pursue Google goes back to my oath of office", to protect the people of Missouri.

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

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

"This misappropriation hurts business", said Hawley.

Hawley on Monday said he also agrees with sentiments from the White House, saying Moore has a right to defend himself against the claims reported by the Washington Post. In July, the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission regarding a Google program that tracks consumer behavior.

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