[UPDATED] Bank Sends Email to Wrong Gmail User, Sues Google For His Identity
Bank Sends Email to Wrong Gmail User, Sues Google For His Identity
Here’s an example of how you can get caught up in a lawsuit, and possibly have your identity revealed, without doing anything wrong; more precisely, without doing anything at all. An employee of Wyoming-based Rocky Mountain Bank accidentally sent a file that included the names, addresses, tax IDs, and loan info for over 1,300 of the bank’s customers, to the wrong (Gmail) address.
The same employee then sent another email to that same address, requesting that the email be deleted before it was opened (which wouldn’t have helped matters much, as it would be impossible for the bank to know whether the recipient had indeed deleted the email). After receiving no response, the bank contacted Google, asking for information on that Gmail account; Google refused to provide the info without a court order, so the bank sued.
While it’s definitely understandable that a bank wants to do everything to protect such sensitive data, put yourself in the place of that Gmail user. He received an email without asking for it – perhaps to a dormant account – and now he might find himself in the middle of a lawsuit, and have his identity revealed. Unpleasant, at the very least.
This situation is somewhat reminiscent to the recent lawsuit, in which Google was forced to reveal the identity of an offensive blogger
. The main difference, however, is that the Gmail user in this new case has done absolutely nothing to deserve the “attention” – except perhaps not checking their email account very often.
One must ask why they were sending private data like that via email and out of the company.......