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Goldman says Google agreed to block email

The investment bank had filed a court order to prevent a data breach nearly caused by an errant email.

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Goldman Sachs said Google agreed to its request to block a sensitive email accidentally sent to a stranger's Gmail account, Reuters reported.

The investment bank had been pursuing a court order to delete the email, which contained confidential client data, though Reuters reported late Wednesday that Google complied with its request to block access to the email.

A Goldman Sachs spokesperson confirmed to CNET that the original request was to block access to the email, which Google has since complied with. Now, the bank is seeking to have the email permanently deleted and is working to have a court order issued to do so. The email account in question had not been used to access the erroneously sent message and no client info was breached, the spokesperson added.

A Google spokesperson said the company doesn't comment directly on ongoing litigation or specific accounts.

The accidental email was sent on June 23 when a Goldman contractor intended to send a report containing "highly confidential brokerage account information" to someone with a @gs.com address, one of the domain names of Goldman Sachs email accounts. Instead, she accidentally sent the email to someone with a @gmail.com address.

Goldman said it was trying to prevent a "needless and massive" privacy breach by getting the email deleted, Reuters reported. The search giant was apparently willing to go along with the request, but initially asked for a court order, according to Goldman.