MTPR

Montana Office of Consumer Protection

Montana is joining attorneys general from around the country in an investigation into Google’s wide-ranging dominance in online markets and advertising.

Mark Mattioli, the chief Montana’s Office of Consumer Protection, says Google is so big and powerful the company has state officials concerned it is shutting down competition.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox wants his department to be notified any time online hackers steal personal information about Montana residents. 

Fox’s bill, being sponsored by Butte Democrat Ryan Lynch, was heard in the House Judiciary Committee Monday morning. 

Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion says the Consumer Protection office needs to be kept in the loop when Montanans are the victims of data theft.