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Google says there are important reasons not to retain employees’ personal chats.

Lopez says some employees are in substance abuse recovery groups, for example. Most of Google’s questions about their own information retention policies seemed to be about how they work, though. I may have missed the point there.

Epic lawyer Moskowitz is asking tough questions again: “[The legal hold] required employees to take affirmative steps to retain chats, and you didn’t take affirmative steps to ensure they did so?”

“That’s right,” he says.