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Google CEO Eric Schmidt May Be Called Before Congress, Joe Barton Says

Google’s data collection practices may draw scrutiny from the next Congress, as lawmakers consider questioning CEO Eric Schmidt, U.S. Representative Joe Barton said.

“The Google thing is very troubling,” Barton, of Texas, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said in an interview on the C-Span television show “The Communicators.” The network today released a recording of the program, which is scheduled to be aired Nov. 6 and 8.

“There appears to have been a conscious effort to collect information,” said Barton. “Now, Google has said it was inadvertent,”;” Barton said.” “But it wasn’t just kind of accidentally gathered.”

Asked if chief executives from companies such as Mountain View, California-based Google and Facebook Inc., led by founder Mark Zuckerberg, would be called before the Commerce Committee, Barton replied, “You could almost guarantee that.”


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