Google shuts down bank snafu Gmail account

Google has resolved a lawsuit from a US bank that accidentally sent 1,300 confidential tax IDs to an innocent Gmail account, but not before the web giant complied with a court order to shutdown the account and disclose certain account info.

It’s unclear what information was disclosed.

In mid-August, according to court documents, an employee with the Wyoming-based Rocky Mountain Bank was asked by a customer to send a group of loan documents to a Gmail account used by a third party. The bank employee then proceeded to send the documents to the wrong Gmail address – alongside another file that included the names, addresses, tax IDs, and loan info for 1,325 of the bank’s customers.

When Google refused to release the identity of the person behind the Gmail account, the bank sued. Last week, Google told The Reg it would not release the users identity unless it receives a subpoena or court order, and such an order soon arrived.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/28/google_rocky_mountain_bank_suit_rollls_on/

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