Reporting at the WSJ today says Alphabet/Google hasn't met the demands of state investigators to surrender emails, texts, and other documents in an ongoing anticompetitive digital-ad practices investigation.
Google is reluctant to surrender documents in the investigation of alleged anticompetitive practices, reports John D. McKinnon at The Wall Street Journal:
Google is resisting efforts to surrender emails, text messages and other documents sought by state investigators probing possible anticompetitive practices, according to records and interviews.
Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., also hasn't agreed to a waiver that would give the coalition of state attorneys general access to documents obtained by the Justice Department for its own probe, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Read more at the WSJ:
Google Resists Demands From States in Digital-Ad Probe
Responses from Twitter, below.
Without a whiff of irony, Google is concerned that by handing over its personal information, it could end up in the hands of other companies @WSJ @johndmckinnon https://t.co/V1IvHf7XYE pic.twitter.com/HLIEpqU1rC
— 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚐 𝚋𝚎𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛. (@GregBensinger) February 21, 2020
Can't they just Google them? https://t.co/CgY8ftFii6
— Joe Flint (@JBFlint) February 21, 2020
Text messages and chats and emails are not the sort of documents that contain trade secrets about Google's proprietary algorithms.
— Dave Yost (@Yost4Ohio) February 21, 2020
New: Google reports to be defying efforts of 48 state AGs to investigate its anticompetitive behavior. "It's the Google playbook—stall, stonewall, deflect and deny, because they are afraid the public will finally get the truth." – @HawleyMO https://t.co/MVm9dVjzwP
— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) February 21, 2020
Google is resisting demands to turn over certain documents sought by investigators probing possible anticompetitive practices https://t.co/7Ol6t15yPF
— Amol Sharma (@asharma) February 21, 2020
To be fair, Google has at least 12-15 messaging apps https://t.co/Rix4D2BIwu
— Robert Stephens (@rstephens) February 21, 2020