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Lawsuit Tied To Bank Gmail Error Can't Be Secret, Judge Says




Lawsuit Tied To Bank Gmail Error Can't Be Secret, Judge Says
Lawsuit Tied To Bank Gmail Error Can't Be Secret, Judge Says



http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/google/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=220100410 

By Thomas Claburn
InformationWeek
September 21, 2009 

A bank's effort to prevent the disclosure of information about a data 
breach arising from an errant Gmail message has been rejected by a 
federal judge in San Jose, California.

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 againstGoogle (NSDQ: GOOG). 

"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.

The lawsuit seeks to force Google to reveal information about a Gmail 
account holder who received a misdirected e-mail sent by a bank 
employee. 

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