Attorneys General take aim at tech companies with potential multistate action


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In Washington, DC, Tuesday, there was a meeting of state Attorneys General about big technology companies and their impact on the market and public discourse. The meeting originally was called to investigate alleged anticonservative bias on social media; however, it quickly evolved into a wider discussion of multiple issues, including antitrust, consumer privacy and data security.

AGs meet to discuss potential action. Roughly 15 AGs or their deputies attended the meeting, including those from Maryland, California, Mississippi, Nebraska and Texas.

The reported conclusion of the meeting is that there will probably be a coordinated multistate inquiry focusing on antitrust issues and consumer privacy. These are two areas of apparent consensus among the AGs. The inquiry will likely include both Democratic- and Republican-controlled states. There’s disagreement, however, over the question of ideological bias. Accordingly, the fate of that issue is less certain.

Consumer privacy front and center. There are separate efforts to create a new data privacy framework at the federal level. California has already passed a new consumer privacy law that would regulate technology companies and the way that data is handled.

The tech companies, the US Chamber of Commerce and the IAB are seeking to create a uniform national standard that pre-empts the

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