Google says it received document request from DOJ

Google says it received document request from 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 from Silicon Valley’s critics on Capitol Hill.

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The revelation comes just days before a broad coalition of state attorneys general is expected to announce its own probe into Google’s market power. On Friday morning, a group of attorneys general announced an antitrust investigation of Facebook, which is also facing a probe from the Federal Trade Commission.

In a blog post accompanying the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Google’s chief legal officer Kent Walker promised to comply with the increased regulatory scrutiny but touted the innovation that the company has contributed over the years.

“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,” Walker wrote. “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,” he added.