State Attorney Generals to meet and coordinate with Justice Department over Google probe

According to two sources familiar with the matter at hand, U.S. state attorneys general are scheduled to meet Justice Department attorneys later this week to share information on their investigations into Alphabet Inc’s Google. Their probe revolve around Google’s monopolistic behavior that could harm consumers through its control of search traffic and online advertising markets.…

Amazon’s cloud business facing antitrust scrutiny from FTC

As per a Bloomberg report citing sources familiar with the matter at hand the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has broadened its scrutiny of Amazon.com Inc beyond its retail operations and now includes its cloud-computing business as well. As per the report, U.S. antitrust enforcers have been asking software companies questions pertaining to Amazon Web…

European Commission scrutinizing how FB and Google monetizes data, leverages it to expand, block competitors

In a statement, the European Commission said, it is investigating how Facebook collects and monetizes its data. The development signals the opening of a second front, on top of an existing investigation, into Facebook’s marketplace. As part of preliminary investigations into both Facebook and Google, the EU executive said, it had sent out questionnaires to…

Office for Civil Rights scrutinizes Google-Ascension data deal

As per a report from the Wall Street Journal, a U.S. federal regulator has initiated an investigation into a cloud computing deal between Alphabet Inc’s Google and Ascension Health which would give Google access to detailed health information of millions of patients. The Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services…

Facebook to pay $5 billion fine as part of a sweeping settlement with the FTC

While the settlement resolves a major regulatory overhead for Facebook, the embattled social media giant still faces potential antitrust probes from the FTC and Justice Department. On Wednesday, in a significant development, the Federal Trade Commission stated, Facebook Inc has agreed to pay $5 billion as part of a sweeping settlement to create a board…

Huawei helped North Korea in building its wireless network: Washington Post

The report adds to the growing number of supporting documents to U.S. claims that China’s Huawei has violated in multiple instances US export control rules. According to a report from the Washington Post citing sources and internal documents, China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has secretly helped North Korea to build and maintain its commercial wireless…

Amazon.com’s smart speaker business coule be probed by FTC

Amazon.com’s alleged data collection through its smart speakers of children is in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). In a potentially significant development, 4 senators from the United States have urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon.com’s smart speaker which target children. Senators Richard Blumenthal, Edward J. Markey, Josh Hawley and…