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Google Maps faces renewed DOJ antitrust scrutiny

The feds are stepping up efforts in their long-running probe of the Google Maps service, adding yet another potential headache for the tech giant during a period of mounting scrutiny from the Justice Department.

The probe is focused on Google’s sprawling mapping business, which includes a massive stockpile of location data for businesses and other points of public interest. Google Maps results are integrated into the company’s search engine, one of its chief sources of revenue.

Antitrust officials are assessing whether Google has engaged in anticompetitive practices by requiring app developers to use its map and search products together, rather than allow them to seek out competing services. The requirement is included in Google’s terms of service.

An antitrust lawsuit targeting Google Maps could be filed as soon as this year, the sources said, though they stressed no final decision was made and the exact details of a potential complaint were still being considered.

Google has argued the restrictions around its mapping business are meant to give users receive accurate information.

“Developers choose to use Google Maps Platform out of many options because they recognize it provides helpful, high-quality information,” Google spokesperson Peter Schottenfels said in a statement. “They are also free to use other mapping services in addition to Google Maps Platform — and many do.”

The Post has reached out to Google and the Justice Department for comment.

Google and other Big Tech firms have faced increased federal scrutiny in recent years.

A separate federal lawsuit accusing Google of holding an illegal monopoly over online search was filed in October 2020.

Category: Technology

Source: NYPost Technology

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