Does Goldman Sachs’ Request to Google Set a Precedent?

Earlier today we reported on the news that Goldman Sachs was seeking legal action against Google in an attempt to erase a confidential email that had been sent to the wrong person by accident. The Verge is now reporting that Google acquiesced to the investment banks plea without being compelled by the court.

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The Goldman Sachs Tower. Photo: Oriez / Wikimedia Commons

Social media was abuzz when the news first hit the wire this morning with many speculating over whether or not such a court order will set a new legal precedent for removing content.

However by agreeing to Goldman’s request before going through the courts, Google may have ensured that it will not be setting a new legal precedent, which could have opened the floodgates for more new requests for takedown and we know Google isn’t too keen on takedown requests, currently adhering the ECJ’s Right to be Forgotten, albeit reluctantly.

Even with that in mind, today’s events are not 100 percent settled as it showed that companies (mostly just big ones like Goldman Sachs) can get something remove if it went awry.

Goldman Sachs had initially stated that Google “faces little more than the minor inconvenience of intercepting a single email — an email that was indisputably sent in error,” insinuating that the removal would prevent any further hassles.

If you missed today’s news, a staffer at Goldman Sachs accidentally sent an email containing sensitive information to the wrong email address. Goldman says it is now resolved, claiming the recipient never even opened the email but it has not said how many of its clients could have been potentially affected.