50 attorneys general are joining an investigation into Google over possible antitrust violations. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the initiative’s leader, announced on Monday the bipartisan investigation into Google’s practices. The bipartisan probe includes attorneys general from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. California and Alabama are not involved in the probe, Paxton said at a press conference.
At the press conference Monday announcing the probe, attorneys general emphasized Google’s dominance in the ad market and use of consumer data.
“When there is no longer a free market or competition, this increases prices, even when something is marketed as free, and harms consumers,” said Florida state attorney general Ashley Moody, a Republican. “Is something really free if we are increasingly giving over our privacy information? Is something really free if online ad prices go up based on one company’s control.”
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