DOJ Alleges Google Destroyed Chat Messages It Was Required To Save During Antitrust Investigation
vendredi 24 février 2023, 19:00 , par Slashdot
Google 'systematically destroyed' instant message chats every 24 hours, violating federal rules to preserve potentially relevant communications for litigation, the Department of Justice alleged in a filing that became public on Thursday. From a report: As a result of Google's default to preserve chats for only 24 hours unless an employee opts to turn on history for the conversation, 'for nearly four years, Google systematically destroyed an entire category of written communications every 24 hours,' the department wrote in the filing.
According to the DOJ, Google should have adjusted its defaults in mid-2019 'when the company reasonably anticipated this litigation.' Instead, it relied on individual employees to decide when chats were potentially relevant to future litigation, the department said. 'Few, if any,' did, according to DOJ. Meanwhile, investigators alleged, Google 'falsely' told the government it had ''put a legal hold in place' that 'suspends auto-deletion.'' The government added that 'at every turn, Google reaffirmed that it was preserving and searching all potentially relevant written communications.' The data deletion continued up until as recently as this month when the government indicated it would file a motion for sanctions and an evidentiary hearing, investigators allege. At that point, the DOJ said, Google committed to 'permanently set to history on.'
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