Google Settlement Shows DOJ's Increased Focus on Data Preservation

Agreeing to what some might consider to be “platinum-level compliance,” Google LLC reached a deal with the U.S. DOJ to improve its legal process compliance program, ending a six-year dispute over responding to a search warrant issued in conjunction with a criminal investigation of a third party. We discuss the government’s increasing focus on data preservation, and the details and implications of the October 25, 2022, stipulated agreement’s requirements. See our two-part series on the U.S. and U.K.’s first joint e-evidence pact under the CLOUD Act: “Fewer Hurdles, More Clarity and New Questions” (Nov. 20, 2019); and “A Look at the Privacy Protections” (Dec. 4, 2019).

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