FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2019
SALT LAKE CITY – This week, the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) released their Online Platforms and Digital Advertising Market Study Interim Report, which assesses the market power of Google and other online platforms. Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes issued the following statement:
“The CMA’s interim report reflects a growing concern over Google’s business practices and our office applauds the efforts of many other competition authorities around the world to examine the dominance and conduct of tech giant Google in online markets. As a leader in the multi-state, bipartisan coalition of 51 attorneys general, I pledge to closely follow the facts we discover in our own investigation to see if Google has harmed competition, undermined consumer choice, stifled innovation, or violated users’ privacy and trust.”
In September, Attorney General Reyes and 49 other attorneys general launched a bipartisan investigation of tech giant Google’s business practices in accordance with state and federal antitrust laws. The coalition announced plans to investigate Google’s overarching control of online advertising markets and search traffic that may have led to anticompetitive behavior that harms consumers. This investigation is ongoing.