Wednesday , December 12 2018

Google CEO agrees to attend House testimony

Bloomberg

Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai, whose company drew the ire of senators for failing to send a top executive to a hearing earlier this month, has agreed to appear at another session on Capitol Hill.
Pichai had a round of visits in Washington on Thursday and Friday, meeting with lawmakers and the White House’s top economic adviser.
“This is the start of a conversation that I believe is long overdue — and that responsibility falls on both sides,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said after Pichai met with a dozen Republican House members. “As big tech’s business grows, we have not had enough transparency and that has led to an erosion of trust and perhaps worse — harm to consumers.”
McCarthy said Pichai will be invited to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in a hearing later this fall and that Pichai wants to attend.
“As we’ve done for over a decade, including testifying to Congress 22 times since 2008, we remain committed to continuing an active dialogue with members from both sides of the aisle,” Pichai said. “I am personally committed to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee in due course.”

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