Apple, AT&T ask for tough protection for data in Google lawsuit

Apple Inc and AT&T asked the judge hearing the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google on Friday to allow them to designate certain data in the complaint “highly confidential,” to ensure that no-one from Google could see it. The Justice Department, which sued the search and advertising giant in October, put at the core of its antitrust case the billions of dollars that Google paid to be the default search engine on Apple’s iPhones, and Apple noted in its filing that sensitive data was used to write the complaint. The government is accusing Google of illegally using its market muscle to hobble rivals in a lawsuit that is the biggest challenge to the power and influence of Big Tech in decades.

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