The Washington Post reports U.S. Attorney General William Barr has indicated the Department of Justice is exploring new options to effectively probe and regulate big tech companies. "We are thinking critically about how DOJ and our state partners can address other topics related to online platforms such as privacy, transparency, consumer fraud, child exploitation or public safety," Barr said, noting a bipartisan outlook on the need to address big tech's missteps. DOJ has begun executing Barr's sentiments, as the New York Post reports the department is set to probe Google's $2.1 billion Fitbit deal over data privacy concerns. WaPo also reports Facebook has ignored DOJ's request to halt encryption for messaging apps. (Registration may be required to access these stories.)
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