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 September 21, 2009  Posted by  Breaches, Court, Featured News, U.S.

Thomas Claburn reports on an interesting breach-related lawsuit.  Apparently,  a Rocky Mountain Bank employee accidentally sent a confidential file containing customer names, addresses, tax identification numbers, and loan information for over 1,300 individuals and business clients to the wrong Gmail address.    When the bank tried to contact the recipient of the errant email to ensure its destruction, the individual never replied, and the bank filed a lawsuit seeking to compel Google to give them contact information for the account holder.

The bank also moved to have the proceedings sealed, but the judge denied their request. As Claburn reports:

On Friday, Judge Ronald M. Whyte of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, acting on behalf of another judge, denied a motion by the Wyoming-based Rocky Mountain Bank to seal its lawsuit against Google.

“An attempt by a bank to shield information about an unauthorized disclosure of confidential customer information until it can determine whether or not that information has been further disclosed and/or misused does not constitute a compelling reason that overrides the public’s common law right of access to court filings,” the judge said in his ruling.

Read the full story on Information Week.

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