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N.H. joins multi-state investigation of Google antitrust allegations

  • FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo a man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco. A group of states are expected to announce an investigation into Google on Monday, Sept. 9, to investigate whether the tech company has become too big. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) Jeff Chiu

By Monitor staff
Published: 9/10/2019 3:44:01 PM

New Hampshire has joined a multistate investigation of Google’s business practices to see if they conflict with antitrust laws.

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald said his office would be part of a coalition led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton“to investigate Google’s “overarching control of online advertising markets and search traffic” and whether it causes “anticompetitive behavior that harms consumers.” A total of 50 attorney generals have signed up.

“The way large corporations such as Google are able to control the flow of information raises significant concerns about business practices, reducing consumer choice, and violating users’ privacy,” MacDonald said in a statement.

The Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau, led by Senior Assistant Attorney General Brandon Garod, will participate with other states in this investigation.

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