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Commerce Department Defends Its Ethics After Senator Warren Slams Tech Ties

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The Commerce Department said it observes “unprecedented, heightened” ethical standards in response to criticism that it’s beholden to the interests of the world’s largest technology companies, including Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Meta Platforms Inc. 

In a letter to Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has criticized the department’s ties to the tech industry, the Commerce Department’s senior adviser for legislative affairs wrote that the agency complies with the laws and regulations preventing conflicts of interest among government officials, as well as the Biden administration’s ethics pledge