From Washington Internet Daily

Hood will need to make a “political decision” whether to continue to pursue his office’s Google investigation, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Senior Staff Attorney Mitch Stoltz told us. Stoltz filed a pro-Google amicus brief for EFF, the Center for Democracy and Technology, New America’s Open Technology Institute, Public Knowledge and R Street Institute. Hood will need to carefully consider his office’s investigation given what critics view as damaging documents made public in the 2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment data breach (see 1412170050) that claimed to show MPAA influenced Hood’s criticism of Google’s practices, Stoltz said. Google claimed in its lawsuit that a “substantial lobbying effort” by MPAA prompted Hood’s subpoena (see 1412190045).

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