The strange cogs of the US Justice System have whirred into action and turned out a strange case against the search outfit Google.
It all started in August a customer of the Rocky Mountain Bank asked a bank employee to send certain loan statements to a representative of the customer. However the employee sent the e-mail to the wrong Gmail address and to make matters worse attached a sensitive file to the e-mail that should not have been sent at all.
This attachment had confidential information on 1,325 individuals and business customers that included their names, addresses, tax identification or social security numbers and loan information.
When he realised what he had done the employee sent a second e-mail to the recipient instructing the person to delete the e-mail and attachment in its entirety without opening or reviewing it. And contact him when he had done it.
Nothing happened and now the bank has had to sue Google to identify the recipient after the search engine outfit said it would not do so without a court order. But Google has said that even if it does receive a court order, its policy is to notify an account holder and give the person a chance to object to the disclosure of his or her identity.
Rocky Mountain Bank has also filed a motion to make the case secret until the court decides whether to force Google to reveal the recipient’s name, saying it didn’t want its customers to learn about the breach, because it would create panic and result in a surge of inquiries from customers.
A federal judge in San Jose, California denied the bank’s request to keep the case quiet which is why we know all about it.