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Google is pushing for two in-house lawyers to have access to the confidential data, while the Justice Department and attorneys general involved in the lawsuit disagree, Google said in a court case on Friday.
Google said it needed the information to prepare an effective defense. It was offered to ensure that confidential information is only made available to two in-house attorneys in Google’s external attorney’s offices or in some other secure manner, and that any disclosure is reported promptly.
The government said in a separate file that it was dangerous to allow Google’s lawyers to review “strategic plans regarding competing voice assistants and other commercially sensitive information” as they could misuse the information to stifle potential competition.
The government also said that highly confidential files were involved in the last major technology antitrust proceedings Microsoft was involved in
Oracle is one of the companies whose documents are controversial in the Google case
Judge Amit Mehta of the US District Court for the District of Columbia hears the Justice Department case against Google. The government sued Google in October, accusing the $ 1 trillion company of illegally using its market muscles to hobble rivals in the biggest challenge to big tech’s power and influence in decades.
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