Congressional antitrust investigators expressed concerns over Google's plans to use a new Internet protocol that they believe could give the search giant an unfair competitive advantage over its competitors.
Earlier this month, investigators from the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to the company requesting information about its "decision whether to accept or encourage adoption" of the minutes under the Wall Street Journal,
The new Internet Protocol, known as DNS over HTTPS, will help improve both privacy and security on the Internet by encrypting traffic, making it harder for hackers to spoof websites. Congressional investigators fear that Google will use the data collected under the new protocol for its own commercial purposes.
Google plans to engage users of its Chrome browser next month to test DNS over HTTPS.
DNS over HTTPS
Protecting the privacy of users on the Internet is becoming increasingly important, but lawmakers and ISPs fear that the new standard could change competition on the Internet.
Once DNS-over-HTTPS has become established, cable and wireless companies will be cut off from their users' valuable DNS data, while Google will gain an unfair advantage in user data. A company spokesman tried to dispel concerns about his new protocol by saying:
"Google does not intend to centralize or change anyone's DNS providers by default to Google, and any claim that we're trying to become the centralized encrypted DNS provider is inaccurate."
Representatives of the House Judiciary Committee are currently conducting an antitrust investigation into Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook to determine if US technology giants are acting in an anti-competitive manner.
Developing DNS over HTTPS is just another way Google is working to make the Internet safer for everyone, but legislators disagree. Once the antitrust investigation into the company is complete, we will learn more.
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