Apple Inc advertising giant GroupM and others asked the judge hearing the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google on Friday to allow them to appoint certain data used by the government as “highly confidential”.
The Justice Department, which sued the search and advertising giant in October, put as key of its antitrust case the billions of dollars that Google paid to be the default search engine on Apple’s iPhones.
The government is accusing Google of illegally using its market powers to put his rivals in a lawsuit that is the biggest challenge to the power and influence of Big Tech in decades.
Google had offered to ensure that any confidential information would be made available only at the offices of Google’s outside counsel or in another secure manner, adding that it would promptly report any disclosure.
Not only Apple but also companies like AT&T and Amazon.com asked Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court to create a to create a rank of data as “highly confidential” and to prohibit any Google employee from having access to it.
Microsoft, Amazon and others said in a joint filing that if Google had access to some sensitive documents, it would gain leverage with the companies in any future negotiations.