WASHINGTON – Google said in an internal document that it worked with other technology companies to successfully “slow down” European data protection regulations, according to a legal filing published on Friday.
Prior to meeting other major tech companies in 2019, Google said in a memo that it “succeeded in slowing and retarding.” the ePrivacy Regulation of the European Union Process and “worked hand in hand with the other companies behind the scenes,” according to the file.
The new details came in an unedited version of a lawsuit filed by Texas and 11 other states that argued that Google had abused its dominance over the intricate technology that serves consumers with advertisements online. News organizations, including the New York Times, had asked the judge in the case to remove the blackening from the complaint.
The details provide a rare glimpse into the lobbying of large tech companies against a growing number of proposed regulations. In recent years, lawmakers around the world have proposed new laws to limit the market power of big tech companies, limit their use of consumer data, and set new rules for moderating user-generated content.
A Google spokesman said in a statement that just because Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says “something, it’s not true”.
“We have made it clear that we support uniform data protection rules worldwide,” said the spokesman.
The lawsuit cited “a pre-prepared document” from a meeting in August 2019 “between the five big tech companies – including Facebook, Apple and Microsoft”.
At that time, Google tried to stop data protection regulations in the US Federal Trade Commission and in congressional legislation, the complaint said. Have the European rules was the subject years of difficult negotiations.
The company also raised concerns about the actions of other technology companies involved in the privacy debate. Google said it had struggled to get Facebook “to align with our privacy goals and strategy,” and that the social network “prioritized reputation building over business interests in legislative debates.”
According to the lawsuit, Google also feared being overtaken by Microsoft on data protection issues. In the document prepared for the meeting, the company said that Kent Walker, a top Google executive, had said that Google should “find a match” with Microsoft whenever possible, but “should be careful about their activities” and “themselves try to get as much information as possible ”. possible.”