Google and the United States Department of Justice fights over data privacy directives for Microsoft and other third-party legal orders

As regards the order to secure classified data from third parties such as Microsoft, an arrangement was not reached between Alphabet’s Google and the US Department of Justice.

Sunday, November 15, 2020, 11:47 GMT

Third parties like Microsoft submitted classified documents to the government in order to comply with the antitrust case against the search engine and advertisement service giant.

In a statement sent to the court on Friday, local time, Google claimed that it urged two internal attorneys to collect those sensitive details, but the Department of Justice and the State Attorney General who joined in the case refused.

Google said that to plan for an effective defense, it needs this knowledge. Google has confirmed that it would ensure that all sensitive information is supplied either to two internal lawyers in the external lawyer’s office of Google, or that data is supplied in another safe manner. Google has said that it would disclose it immediately if the information is used on other matters.

In Google’s antitrust case, the US government opposes sharing confidential information provided by other firms with Google, arguing that if such sensitive information is exchanged with Google, it would damage morale and obstruct future investigations.

In a document submitted to the court, the Ministry of Justice argued that “adopting Google’s plan would damage the reputation of the government in handling sensitive third-party material.” The third-collaboration party’s with the authorities would be undermined in present and future government inquiries. If proprietary information from third parties is revealed or used, Google’s strong market dominance would disproportionately benefit from this.

In a different paper, the government reported that it is risky to allow Google’s internal attorneys to review “strategic plans and other commercially confidential data relating to competing voice assistants” because they could misuse this data to squeeze future rivals.

The government also alleged that in the antitrust case of a major Microsoft-related technology corporation around 20 years ago, only Microsoft’s external lawyers were supplied with extremely classified information, not Microsoft’s internal lawyers.

Oracle, AT&T, Amazon, Comcast Corp and other firms are all among the companies involved in the Google antitrust lawsuit involved in record disclosure disputes. These businesses have to make recommendations by next Friday on the terms of the security order. They shared “strong reservations” over Google’s offer to disclose the classified information they provided because they provided some of the most valuable internal commercial documents,” according to a joint document released by these organizations.

Judge Amit Mehta of the United States This antitrust lawsuit against Google is being heard by the Department of Justice in the District Court for the District of Columbia. In October of this year the US government filed a lawsuit against Google, accusing it of unfairly exploiting its business monopoly to undermine competition with a market size of up to $1 trillion. This case is the largest threat in decades to the monopoly status of the industry and the influence of major technology firms.

Most of Google’s revenue comes from search engine services, and the market share of the US search engine is as high as around 90%. The corporation has made significant investments in other fields of industry, including email, streaming video, smartphone apps, maps, cloud storage, automated vehicles, and display ads, taking advantage of the high revenues earned from the search market.