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Attorneys general, others, support Google investigation

Jim Hood

Jim Hood

JACKSON — With representatives of the electronics industry saying Mississippi’s attempt to investigate Google should be blocked by federal law, some state attorneys general and other groups are taking the opposite position.

They say Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has the power to examine Google’s behavior, and should be allowed to collect evidence from the Internet giant before a court steps in.

Google is trying to block a subpoena that Hood issued. The sides are scheduled to argue their positions Friday before a federal judge in Jackson.

A Democrat, Hood says he’s investigating actions taken by Google itself, and says the Mountain View, California, company could be liable under Mississippi law. Those backing Google say the 1996 Communications Decency Act blocks Internet companies from being held accountable for what third parties say.

 

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