States to expand Google probe
The multi-state antitrust probe into Google will expand beyond the advertising business to search and Android, CNBC reports.
Why it matters: Google is already facing investigations into potentially monopolistic behavior on many fronts, and the expansion of the states' probe will further widen the scrutiny.
Driving the news: The states investigating Google plan to write up civil investigative demands for information on search and Android, according to the CNBC report.
- The Texas-led probe began with a focus on online advertising, though Attorney General Ken Paxton said in announcing the inquiry, "Right now it's about advertising, but the facts will lead where they lead."
- The Justice Department, which is also investigating Google, is reviewing the competitive dynamics around personalized advertising, antitrust division chief Makan Delrahim said during a House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee hearing Wednesday.
Flashback: Google disclosed in September that the Justice Department has requested information on prior antitrust investigations in the U.S. and elsewhere.