Missouri starts investigating Google's business practices

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Google is digging into the dark corners of the web to better secure people's accounts

Missouri's attorney general announced Monday a broad investigation into Google's business practices, including whether the company violated the state's consumer protection and antitrust laws.

"It is a very strong concern that we have potentially in Google a company that is gathering all sorts of personal confidential information and then using that personal confidential information for profit", says Hawley. "And of course, the data it collects is vast. and affects millions of Missourians".

Asked at the press conference whether his senate candidacy played a role in opening the Google inquiry, Hawley said he acted upon his oath of office and desire "to get to the truth".

He says the company hasn't yet received an investigative subpoena issued by Hawley's office.

Google's facing another investigation into its business practices.

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The company operates "in a highly competitive and dynamic environment", Patrick Lenihan said in an emailed statement.

Hawley's office said Missouri's strong consumer-protection laws could help with a potential lawsuit over user data.

The Missouri investigation comes on the heels of a $2.7 billion antitrust fine issued to the tech giant by the European Union in June for unfairly featuring its own shopping services in its influential search results. In July, the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission regarding a Google program that tracks consumer behavior.

The business reviews' website wrote the FTC and the attorney generals of all 50 states in September that Google has copied images from its service without permission in violation of a commitment made to the USA antitrust regulator.

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

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