From SANS NewsBites September 29, 2009 Vol. 11, Num. 77

 --Judge Orders Google to Deactivate Account
(September 24 & 28, 2009)
A US District Court Judge in California has ordered Google to deactivate
the Gmail account of a user who was accidentally sent confidential bank
information.  An employee of Wyoming-based Rocky Mountain Bank sent the
data to the account in error; the data include names, Social Security
Numbers (SSNs) and loan information of more than 1,300 bank customers.
Upon recognizing the mistake, the bank sent another email to the same
address, requesting that the recipient destroy the previous email and
contact Rocky Mountain Bank.  After receiving no reply, the bank asked
Google for information about the account holder.  Google said that it
would not surrender any information without a court order.  The judge's
order is controversial because it appears to violate the account
holder's First Amendment rights.  Additionally, deactivating an
individual's Gmail account could have far-reaching effects.

Dave Hulsebus
Portative Technologies, LLC

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