Google Faces Anti-Trust Scrutiny For DNS-over-HTTPS Protocol

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Google’s latest plan to introduce a new internet protocol is being investigated by the congressional antitrust investigators.

This move by the congressional committee was motivated because it is being said that having a new internet protocol could give Google an unfair advantage in the networking arena. The investigators were also keen to know if Google will be making use of any collected data through the new protocol for commercial purposes.

The DNS-over-HTTPS protocol is aimed at improving internet privacy and security as it encrypts all the traffic and thus removes any threat actor from the spoofing websites. Google plans to test this on its Chrome users starting from next month.

The latest protocol standard is deemed to affect the cable and wireless companies the most, because valuable DNS surfing data will no longer be accessible to them and it is said that, this process would end up with Google having a huge competitive advantage.

The company responded by stating that “Google has no plans to centralize or change people's DNS providers to Google by default,” They also added that “Any claim that we are trying to become the centralized encrypted DNS provider is inaccurate.”

Apart from Google, Mozilla Firefox is also planning to introduce the latest standard to its users on a much larger level than Google and expects to completely implement it to all its users before the year-end.