Why Google should be afraid of a Missouri Republican’s Google probe
Tuesday November 14, 2017. 07:08 PM , from Ars Technica
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The Republican attorney general of Missouri has launched an investigation into Google's business practices. Josh Hawley wants to know how Google handles user data. And he plans to look into whether Google is using its dominance in the search business to harm companies in other markets where Google competes.
'There is strong reason to believe that Google has not been acting with the best interest of Missourians in mind,' Hawley said in a Monday statement.
It's another sign of growing pressure Google is facing from the political right. Grassroots conservatives increasingly see Google as falling on the wrong side of the culture wars. So far that hasn't had a big impact in Washington policymaking. But with Hawley planning to run for the US Senate next year, we could see more Republican hostility toward Google—and perhaps other big technology companies—in the coming years.
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