NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday that she is leading a 38-state lawsuit alleging that Google is a monopoly.
According to the lawsuit, Google allegedly, "deprived consumers of competition that could lead to greater choice and innovation, as well as better privacy protections."
James and the coalition is accusing Google of exploiting its status to gather and leverage data in an effort to control the market and profit.
Attorney General James released the following statement on behalf of the lawsuit
Google sits at the crossroads of so many areas of our digital economy and has used its dominance to illegally squash competitors, monitor nearly every aspect of our digital lives, and profit to the tune of billions. Through its illegal conduct, the company has ensured that hundreds of millions of people turn to Google first when looking for an answer, but it doesn’t take a web search to understand that unchecked corporate power shouldn’t have disproportionate control over our data and information. For decades now, Google has served as the gatekeeper of the internet and has weaponized our data to kill off competitors and control our decision making — resulting in all of us paying more for the services we use every day.
Last week, James led a coalition of 48 attorneys general to sue Facebook for allegedly operating as a monopoly.
You can read the lawsuit against Google by clicking here.