Google Inc. has said the email system it's selling to governments meets a crucial federal security standard. The Justice Department is not so sure.
Google has maintained that Google Apps for Government, the company's government-focused email and office software product, is certified under a 2002 law designed to safeguard digital information used by federal agencies.
But the Justice Department said in documents unsealed last week that Google might not have been granted the certification. The documents were part of a lawsuit Google filed in October against the Department of the Interior after rival Microsoft Corp. won the bid to provide email software to the agency.
Building an extra-secure government version of its popular Google Apps software has been key to Google's efforts to catch up to Microsoft in the lucrative market to provide email systems to government agencies. Google has repeatedly said its government offering has been certified under the Federal Information Security Management Act, known as FISMA.