OT - Bank Sends werong file to Google email account, bank sues Google

OT - Bank Sends werong file to Google email account, bank sues Google

Post by Pneum » Fri, 25 Sep 2009 10:15:23

Pay attention to what you are doing!

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Bank sues Google for identity of Gmail user
Um, we sent him 1,325 tax IDs
By Cade Metz in San Francisco

Posted in ID, 23rd September 2009 19:21 GMT

A US bank is suing Google for the identity of a Gmail user after a bank
employee accidentally sent the user a file that included the names,
addresses, tax IDs, and loan info for more than 1,300 of the bank's

In mid-August, according to court documents filed in a California
federal court, the Wyoming-based Rocky Mountain Bank was asked by a
customer to send certain loan documents to a Gmail account belonging to
a third party. A bank employee attempted to do so. But a day later, he
realized he had sent the documents to the wrong address - along with a
file containing confidential information for 1,325 other customers.

After a failed attempt to recall the email, the employee sent a second
note to that wrong address, requesting that the confidential email be
deleted before it was opened. There was no response, so the bank
contacted Google to determine what could be done to ensure that the
confidential info remained confidential. According to the court papers,
Google would not provide information on the account unless it received a
subpoena or "other appropriate legal process."

So the bank sued.

Google confirmed with The Reg that it will not comply unless it receives
a court order or subpoena. "When Google receives legal process, such as
court orders and subpoenas, where possible we promptly provide notice to
users to allow them to object to those requests for information," a
company spokesman said. "In this case, [Rocky Mountain Bank] must comply
with proper court process, and the court has required it to resubmit its
papers. Once we have a chance to review these papers, we will determine
our response."

The bank's counsel has yet to respond to a request for comment.

Rocky Mountain Bank had asked to court to keep its suit under seal,
hoping to avoid panic among its customers and a "surge of inquiry." But
obviously, this wasn't successful.

Google, of course, is right to wait for a court order. And it's right to
give the Gmail user involved the opportunity to oppose the order. But
the tale is a reminder that in certain situations, the information giant
will indeed be compelled to turn over private data.

In recent weeks, Google has also received court orders to reveal the
identities of those behind stories published in an online newspapers
based in the Turks and Caicos Islands and of a blogger who castigated a
model on a blog entitled "Skanks in NYC."

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OT - Bank Sends werong file to Google email account, bank sues Google

Post by Mary » Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:03:48

Several years ago, a local bank included bank statements for half a dozen
other people along with my bank statement. I took the statements back to
the bank and handed them over to the president of the bank--not nearly as
bad as this story (because of the sheer magnitude), but it's still
frightening to think about how easily this can happen.



OT - Bank Sends werong file to Google email account, bank sues Google

Post by Moshe Gold » Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:06:10


Think about how many low skilled, low payed workers you give
your personal information to in a given month.

It's frightening.

OT - Bank Sends werong file to Google email account, bank sues Google

Post by Mary » Sat, 26 Sep 2009 00:18:11

Yes, and it's even more frightening to think about how that information in
then quickly "shared" with other financial institutions, often attached to
reports that they have assembled without our even being aware of it. I have
had one instance where someone tried to use one of my credit cards and two
instances where I received notice that my cards "may" have been compromised.
In each case, the problem was in stores that I had not even visited! In the
first case, I had made a purchase at one branch some time ago but had not
even used the card for eight months. The other two were instances where I
was one of thousands who were notified because records had been
"compromised" by major retailers. I received new cards and the old ones
were closed, but some people go through major headaches, especially if there
is any type of identidy theft. I go online and check my records for all
accounts twice a month, even if I have not used the cards. I also have
"alerts" set so I will be notified by email.