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    Google and Android still under a gigantic antitrust investigation

    Google and Android still under a gigantic antitrust investigation

    Since last September, an extensive antitrust investigation targets the US giant Google.

    According to CNBC, people close to the case reportedly said the investigation is expanding. Until then, it had mainly concerned the advertising activities of the group.

    Gain in importance

    Now, the survey targets Android services and Google search companies. It is led by 50 Attorneys General, who are the representatives of 48 US states, the territory of Puerto Rico and the city of Washington DC One of the directors of the investigation, the Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton, had pointed out in September what he considers to be an abuse of Google in the advertising market and the use of personal data. According to CNBC, he said in a recent interview his desire to extend the scope of the investigation to the group's research and its Android activities. A sector on which Google has already been sentenced in October 2018 for abuse of dominant position.

    Attorneys General must prepare subpoenas to provide new evidence of these abuses. In its article, the CNBC explains: "States can go further in antitrust investigations than federal regulators because they have fewer constraints on lobbying and Washington policy." He adds, "Google's parent company, Alphabet, has a capitalization of more than $ 900 billion, making it one of the largest companies in the world. Because its services are largely free of charge for the user, it can be difficult to prove antitrust violations, which are first reflected in the prices charged."

    Google fears indiscretions

    This is not the first time that the American giant is facing antitrust investigations. In addition to the fine imposed in 2018 (for which Google has appealed), the group is also under investigation following the implementation of its DoH Internet protocol.

    Bloomberg said last June that the GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) were ready to deal with such investigations. According to the site, the four giants have already been endowed with significant human and financial resources.

    Without commenting, Google has already responded to subpoenas issued by the State of Texas, requesting data protection that the company considers confidential. She said she feared that some of the players in the case would be linked to Microsoft, and that they would use the investigation to provide this information to her competitors.

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