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Epic has just shown that partially personal chat messages can contain relevant case info.

“Like feel like everyone just in 9 hours of meetings a day straight!” began a joking chat thread from Google senior product counsel Emily Garber with a colleague.

It also included passages like these:

Oh also Ads team in freaking out about some Play VP escalation over that new policy so let me know if you want to discuss!

Play originally wanted to prohibit Ads leading to non-Play downloads (!!) but then settled for reasonable intermediate policy basically saying if you’re running ads that take you to download from 3P store, have to disclose!

We’ve moved on to Margaret Lam, a head of strategy for the Android platform and ecosystem. She’s being grilled about her deleted chats.