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Google Is Being Investigated By Missouri Attorney General

"The state of Missouri is gearing up for a legal battle with Google," Fortune (Nov. 13, Vanian) is reporting. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Monday that his office is investigating the Internet search giant over allegations that it violated the state's various consumer-protection and antitrust laws. Hawley's office sent Google a subpoena early Monday demanding “documents and information” about its business practices. Google could potentially contest the subpoena. Company spokesman Patrick Lenihan told Fortune that the company has "not yet received the subpoena. However, we have strong privacy protections in place for our users and continue to operate in a highly competitive and dynamic environment." Hawley is looking for information from Google to determine whether the firm's privacy policy accurately reflects its current data collection and sharing practices and whether those practices "respect and protect consumer privacy."

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