Google announced that they have received a document request from the DOJ.
Google parent company Alphabet disclosed Friday that it received a formal request for information and documents from the Justice Department related to prior antitrust investigations that the internet search giant has faced.
“On August 30, 2019, Alphabet received a civil investigative demand from the DOJ requesting information and documents relating to our prior antitrust investigations in the United States and elsewhere,” the company said in a regulatory filing submitted on Friday. “We expect to receive in the future similar investigative demands from state attorneys general. We continue to cooperate with the DOJ, federal and state regulators in the United States, and other regulators around the world.”
The Justice Department announced earlier this summer that it was launching an antitrust review of major technology companies, after months of political pressure
Google’s chief legal officer Kent Walker wrote a blog post talking about this:
At the same time, it’s of course right that governments should have oversight to ensure that all successful companies, including ours, are complying with the law. The Department of Justice, for example, has announced that it’s starting a review of online platforms.
We have answered many questions on these issues over many years, in the United States as well as overseas, across many aspects of our business, so this is not new for us. The DOJ has asked us to provide information about these past investigations, and we expect state attorneys general will ask similar questions. We have always worked constructively with regulators and we will continue to do so.
We look forward to showing how we are investing in innovation, providing services that people want, and engaging in robust and fair competition.
Let’s hope that Big Tech is held accountable. I have no clue what these documents may turn up but this may show past coverups. My guess is that they are requesting these documents to see what past investigations found and where they can go from here.
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