Google has complied with a court order requested by Goldman Sachs that asked the search giant to delete a sensitive email sent by a staff member in error to the wrong email address.
The investment bank had submitted its request to the New York State Supreme Court to have the information removed. Goldman Sachs says the move will prevent a “needless and massive” data privacy breach.
“Google complied with our request that it block access to the email,” said a Goldman spokeswoman.
“It has also notified us that the email account had not been accessed from the time the email was sent to the time Google blocked access. No client information has been breached.”
Very few details on what the email contained have emerged, though Goldman Sachs has revealed that it pertains to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority requirements. Goldman has not said how many of its clients could have been potentially affected.
The staff member in question inadvertently sent the sensitive email to a .gmail.com email when she intended .gs.com.
Goldman was unable to contact the stranger who received the document, which was sent on June 23, while Google informed Goldman on June 26 that no information can be wiped without a court order.
“Emergency relief is necessary to avoid the risk of inflicting a needless and massive privacy violation upon Goldman Sachs’ clients, and to avoid the risk of unnecessary reputational damage to Goldman Sachs”
“By contrast, Google faces little more than the minor inconvenience of intercepting a single email – an email that was indisputably sent in error,” the statement added upon first submitting the court order.
Goldman Sachs has not said if it plans to take disciplinary action against the employee.