U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with a group of state attorneys general on how to protect consumers from dominant technology companies, though they didn't decide to open an investigation.

Sessions heard from more than a dozen state officials Tuesday at a closed-door meeting weeks after saying he wanted to discuss the growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas.

"The discussion principally focused on consumer protection and data privacy issues, and the bipartisan group of attendees sought to identify areas of consensus,' the department said in a statement.