US lawmakers to get hands on tech giants email archive

If they will ever get it...

A committee of inquiry from the US House of Representatives has requested internal emails from Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google’s parent company Alphabet. The reports must make clear whether the companies have been guilty of abuse of power and have distorted competition. The e-mails and other company documents must be received by 14 October.

Among other things, the House Legal Committee wants all emails sent by top executives Tim Cook (Apple), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Larry Page (Alphabet) about takeovers over the past ten years. The researchers also want information about market shares, rivals and most important customers. Among other things, the committee wants to know from Apple why some apps that allowed parents to monitor their children have been removed from the App Store.

Earlier this week, all fifty US states announced that they are conducting a major cartel investigation into Google together. The states are examining the impact of Google’s powerful position on the digital advertising market. They also look at whether it is harmful to consumers that one company has so much information about consumers.

The Washington Department of Justice is also investigating “if and how” major tech companies operating in “searches, social media, and online commerce” are opposing competition. The names of the companies investigated were not mentioned.

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