Can attorney general investigate Google? Judge to decide

Jeff Amy
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Does Google help criminals by allowing its search engine to lead to pirated music or by having its autocomplete function suggest illegal activities?

Mississippi’s attorney general suspects the company does and wants to investigate further, yet the Internet giant says companies aren’t liable for what people say and do online.

The Mountain View, California-based company says Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is infringing on its free speech rights. The company wants U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate to issue an injunction saying it doesn’t have to answer a subpoena from Hood, and wants the judge to bar the attorney general from filing civil or criminal charges.

Lawyer Peter Neiman told Wingate during a three-hour hearing Friday that Hood, indirectly though his investigation, is trying to give states the power to filter the Internet.

“They’re trying to cloak themselves in ‘Let’s make the Internet safer,'” Neiman said…



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