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Why Google isn’t happy with the US government’s newly proposed antitrust bills

The tech giant went on the offensive, claiming that the legislation could impose double standards and hamper device security.

With the US Senate Judiciary Committee set to debate and possibly pass legislation that could reportedly weaken Big Tech's grasp on consumers, Google is not pleased. In a blogpost, the tech giant said that the proposed legislation can make online services less secure and 'damage American competitiveness'. Google's outcry is over proposed bills such as 'The American Innovation and Choice Online Act' and the 'Open App Markets Act', according to The Verge. This would prevent Big Tech from favouring their services over others and aims to promote competition on app stores, it said. The bills would benefit a handful of companies 'who brought their pleas to Washington', the post written by Google and Alphabet's President for Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer Kent Walker read. Walker urged that US Congress should take more time to 'consider the unintended consequences of these bills'. In India, Google is already subject to multiple antitrust investigations by the Competition Commission of India concerning the products and services it offers including Play Store, Android TV, and Android OS. Bill would harm US 'technological leadership': Google These bills would impose one set of rules on American companies while giving a pass to foreign companies. And they would give the Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies unprecedented power over the design of consumer products. — Kent Walker, Google and Alphabet's President for Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer Other arguments made by Google in the letter are — Americans might get worse, less relevant, and less helpful versions…

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