The attorneys general of several states are turning up the heat on Google, concerned that the search engine giant makes it easier for criminals to sell illegal drugs online, engage in human trafficking and peddle pirated intellectual property.
At the summer meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General in Boston Tuesday, Mississippi’s Attorney General Jim Hood said that he is ramping up the pressure on the Internet behemoth, to which he had earlier this month sent litigation hold letters that should compel the company to preserve emails and other possible evidence in case of a lawsuit.
Hood is now sending a civil investigative demand, or subpoena, for records relevant to how the company’s search business may facilitate the sale of pharmaceuticals without prescriptions. He said Google had “lawyered up” after failing to respond to a number of written queries.
At the same time, Hood said, he does not want a legal battle with Google. “I don’t want to have a fight, we want to work together,” he said.
Source: PC World