Goldman Sachs has gone to court to get Google to delete an email containing "highly confidential" client data because it was sent to the wrong recipient.
According to Reuters, citing a complaint filed in a New York state court on Friday, on 23 June a Goldman contractor tried to send an internal report containing "highly confidential brokerage account information" to someone at the bank.
However, rather than send the email to a gs.com account, the contractor sent it to a similar gmail.com account.
After Goldman failed to get a response from the Gmail account holder, it turned to Google's incident response team but was told that the email could not be deleted without a court order.
Says Goldman in court papers: "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."
The bank says that Google "appears willing to cooperate" as long as the court order comes through, telling Reuters that the Web giant has already blocked access to the email and confirmed that it has not been opened so far.