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The bank is going to court to get it deleted

Goldman Sachs Group is trying to get Google to delete a sensitive email sent in error, according to a new report from Reuters
An outside contractor working for Goldman Sachs reportedly emailed highly confidential brokerage account information to a random Gmail address on June 23. The contractor was testing changes to the bank's internal processes.
The contractor's intention was to send the email to a "" account, but accidentally sent it to a "" account instead. 
Although the email contained confidential client data, it's currently not clear how many customers were affected. Goldman Sachs attempted to contact the Gmail account holder, but received no response.

The bank then asked Google to locate the email and delete it before a huge security breach unfolded, but the tech giant can only do so with a court order.
Goldman Sachs ended up filing a complaint last Friday in a New York state court in Manhattan.
"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," said Goldman Sachs.
"By contrast, Google faces little more than the minor inconvenience of intercepting a single email - an email that was indisputably sent in error."

Source: Reuters

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By hpglow on 7/3/2014 1:02:39 PM , Rating: 5
Since when is it Google's problem to fix someone else incompetence? Chances are this just got tossed in someone's spam folder, but why not try and contact the recipient via other means and offer some decent compensation? GS should just claim this email cost them their reputation and ask for another bailout.

RE: incompetent?
By anactoraaron on 7/3/2014 1:18:24 PM , Rating: 5
With a bank as crooked and corrupt as GS, it makes me wonder what was really in that email for them to go so 'nuclear'...

RE: incompetent?
By TheDoc9 on 7/3/2014 1:51:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I think Google should crush GS with this. They're one of the few players big enough to put them in their place.

RE: incompetent?
By fic2 on 7/3/2014 1:32:46 PM , Rating: 1
Not to mention the other possibility - that it was sent to a non-valid email address.

If it was actually sent to a real gmail address there is also the possibility the recipient has posted it to facebook or at least forwarded it to friends.

I guess I'll have to check my gmail to see if I am the lucky recipient. Maybe it has details about a Nigerian princes bank account.

RE: incompetent?
By fic2 on 7/3/2014 2:02:57 PM , Rating: 1
Also, it might depend on the tone of the Goldman followup email. More than likely it was a delete it or else! type of email.

RE: incompetent?
By marvdmartian on 7/3/2014 1:55:27 PM , Rating: 2
Incompetent? Or simply the excuse they used, for the "innocent" contractor to steal info from GS?

Seriously, is there that much similarity, between "" and ""??

RE: incompetent?
By Arkive on 7/3/2014 2:23:27 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously? It was probably just a brainfart. He/she probably types "" all the time and was just distracted while addressing the email. And if the goal was transporting data, why put a target on your back by doing it that way? There are much more stealthy ways to drag data out of a location than to send it via email on a work computer.

RE: incompetent?
By Reclaimer77 on 7/3/2014 3:02:35 PM , Rating: 1
I'm kind of surprised a random email address intended for a different host, would also be a valid Gmail address. I mean, wow, talk about luck! What are the odds of that happening?

RE: incompetent?
By wolrah on 7/5/2014 12:20:02 AM , Rating: 1
I'm kind of surprised a random email address intended for a different host, would also be a valid Gmail address. I mean, wow, talk about luck! What are the odds of that happening?

Probably pretty high.

Most corporate email systems are set up with usernames built from initials and/or full names. It's a good bet that all of those combinations are taken for any common names on all the major free email hosts.

RE: incompetent?
By BZDTemp on 7/5/2014 9:21:13 AM , Rating: 3
Not to mention that if Google starts messing around with the mails already in one user mail pile that would open a very nasty precedence.

GS is trying to make it out as if removing the mail is just about a little technical job for Google where in reality there are huge non-technical implications.

This title is needlessly inflammatory
By otherwise on 7/3/2014 1:39:55 PM , Rating: 4
GS asks Google to delete an e-mail. Google says they can't do it without a court order. GS goes to court to get a court order.

I predict the next step is that GS gets the court order and then google deletes the e-mail without comment.

I doubt there is any real legal fight going on here, it's just google wants cover for an action that could be seen as overstepping in a different context.

By brucek2 on 7/3/2014 11:14:12 PM , Rating: 2

Business Opportunity
By Scrith on 7/3/2014 1:36:28 PM , Rating: 2
Just charge the requester 0.01 percent of their annual earnings when such an error is made. For most people it would probably be worth it, and for a company like Goldman Sachs they'd have to pay quite a bit for their mistake (but it would still be a drop in the bucket).

By bug77 on 7/6/2014 5:17:29 PM , Rating: 2
When working for large companies I often have trouble getting zip attachments through their email servers. But sensitive data is apparently fair game. Why am I not surprised?

You are all missing the point
By Ahnilated on 7/7/2014 9:38:40 AM , Rating: 2
Why is a security contractor sending highly confidential information in a "test" in the first place? Every time I do a security test it is with junk data. This makes me think it wasn't a "test" it was someone stealing some information and they are trying to cover it up.

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