In the United States, Justice Department investigators have asked Google’s rival company, DuckDuckGo, for detailed information on ways to increase competition in the online search market, confirming that antitrust investigations into the Mountain View giant have expanded to include its main product as well.
According to reports from CNN Business, federal officials met with DuckDuckGo several weeks ago to discuss a proposal that could increase users’ choice.
DuckDuckGo, which is proposed as a search engine to protect privacy, has suggested the addition of a detailed preferences panel on Android that allows users to select a different default search provider.
Google could risk serious problems in the USA
Recall that for years the Google search has been the default on Android (and in the United States it still is), which is performed on over 80% of phones globally but an antitrust sanction of 2018 by The European Union has pushed the Mountain View giant to offer other options to users.
The questions asked DuckDuckGo’s management highlight the seriousness and scope of the investigation conducted by the Department of Justice and perhaps someone among Google’s executives is starting to worry.