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​Goldman Sachs goes to court to ‘un-send’ email to Google user

Published time: July 03, 2014 06:06
AFP Photo / Richard A. Brooks

AFP Photo / Richard A. Brooks

If you’ve ever hit ‘send’ on an email only to regret it later, Goldman Sachs can sympathize with you. It’s seeking a court order to have one containing client data, sent by mistake, to be ‘un-sent’, or at least tracked down to the person who received it.

The email in question was sent by a Goldman contractor, who was testing changes in the New York bank’s internal process and intended to file her report, according to Reuters.

But instead of using a ‘gs.com’ account, she mistakenly typed ‘gmail.com’, sending the report with confidential client data to an unrelated user of Google’s email service.

The security breach occurred on June 23. Goldman failed to get a response from the Gmail account owner and wants Google to help track this person down.

The internet giant “appears willing to cooperate" if there is a court order, the bank said in a complaint filed in a New York State court last Friday to obtain one.

"Emergency relief is necessary to avoid the risk of inflicting a needless and massive privacy violation upon Goldman Sachs' clients, and to avoid the risk of unnecessary reputational damage to Goldman Sachs," the bank said.

"By contrast, Google faces little more than the minor inconvenience of intercepting a single email - an email that was indisputably sent in error," it added.

Goldman did not specify how many clients were affected by the disclosure of their private data.

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