In November 2019, the US Supreme Court decided to expand Google's antitrust investigation to see if the tech giant was respecting competition laws in its search engine and in the products it develops for the Android platform.
The company led by Sundar Pichai found the direction the investigation is taking to be worrying and refused to respond to requests for documents regarding the way its mechanisms operate. In question is the participation of consultants who worked for their rivals in the technological world in the team that is carrying out the analysis.
According to CNBC, Google was able to reach an agreement with Ken Paxton, attorney general of the state of Texas, to ensure that the information it delivers is not released without his consent. Google claimed that the fact that the consultants had Cristina Caffarra and Eugene Burrus worked for Yandex, the company behind one of the largest search engines in Russia, as well as for Microsoft and the news group Med Corp, could compromise your confidential information.
However, this was not enough to stop the investigation, and lawyers may still challenge the technological giant's decisions. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Ken Paxton says that the way Google is acting suggests that the company may be withholding information that demonstrates the true nature of its actions.
It should be remembered that the US Supreme Court investigation is not the first to verify that the search engine and products for Google's Android platform follow the competition rules. In July 2018, the European Commission imposed a record fine of 4.34 billion euros on the company for using illegal practices to cement its dominance in the international search market, said Margrethe Vestager.