Congressman Asks DOJ To Investigate Yahoo-Google Deal
In a letter to Assistant Attorney General Thomas Barnett, Barton complained that Yahoo did not adequately respond to questions about the deal. Instead, Barton wrote, Yahoo's answers "seemed designed to obscure rather than clarify" how the partnership would work.
The deal, announced in June, involves Google powering some paid search ads for Yahoo. Together the companies account for an estimated 80% of search activity, which has led some people to warn that the deal could give Google too much power over the search marketplace.
Barton also questioned whether the deal would diminish consumers' privacy. "Google, Yahoo and the search advertising companies that are affiliated with them collect a great deal of information relating to an individual's online activity, and it is important that any agreement between the companies make clear to consumers how their data will be used," he wrote.--Wendy Davis