Missouri Attorney General Launches Probe Into Google’s Business Practices
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Google is facing a new front in its regulatory battles after Missouri’s attorney general launched a broad investigation into whether the internet giant’s business practices violate the state’s consumer-protection and antitrust laws.
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Monday said he issued an investigative subpoena to probe Google’s collection of user data, its use of other sites’ content, and its alleged manipulation of search results to favor its own services.
Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., GOOGL -0.18% has so far skirted the scrutiny in the U.S. that it has faced in Europe, where regulators levied a record $2.7 billion fine against Google in June for allegedly favoring its shopping ads in its search results. Mr. Hawley said his investigation was in part prompted by the European fine. “We’re concerned they’re engaged in a similar pattern of behavior in the United States,” he told reporters.