Texas is hiring tech industry experts to go to battle with Google over anti-trust violations

by Vicki Batts

Texas attorney general Ken Paxton is leading the charge against Google with an investigation into the tech giant’s potential anti-trust violations. Attorneys general from almost all U.S. states have joined the inquiry, with the exception of California and Alabama. The AGs for Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico have also signed on.

Now, AG Paxton is hiring tech industry experts to help the coalition of states and territories take on the monumental task of investigating one of the largest tech companies in the world. Google stands accused of violating multiple antitrust laws, but there are ample concerns that the laws of yore will not be adaptable enough to tackle the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

Texas AG takes on Google

In early September, AG Paxton announced that 50 attorneys general had joined his investigation of Google and their suspect business practices. Speaking about the investigation, Florida AG Ashley Moody questioned Google’s use of consumer data and their dominance in online advertising.

“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?” Moody asked.

Google has already been in hot water over privacy and consumer protection issues, but experts say that these antitrust violation accusations could be the tech company’s undoing. As CNBC reports, the antitrust concerns are a direct threat to Google’s current business model.

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