doctorow at July 3rd, 2014 02:00 — #1
eark_the_bunny at July 3rd, 2014 02:25 — #2
Well hopefully Google charges them a nice fat fee for their services.
dobby at July 3rd, 2014 02:35 — #3
This is one of those canary in the mineshaft court cases. It is pretty rare for the canary or the miners to survive anymore, the capture is nearly complete.
glitch at July 3rd, 2014 02:43 — #4
"Hello, yes, is this the local power plant? I'd like to register a complaint.
This afternoon, I was heating my teapot on my electric stove top, and my hand slipped and touched the hot burner. As you can imagine it was quite painful and embarassing. Hence why I'm contacting you - I'd like you to retroactively reverse the flow of electricity to the stove for the duration of that event, in order to undo the damage."
kaibeezytentroy at July 3rd, 2014 03:10 — #5
Hello, yes, is this the Acme Cat-in-Bag factory?
entity447b at July 3rd, 2014 03:11 — #6
Alas, I don't think I'll ever have the economic clout to get courts to pressure people to undo my mistakes...
ETA: Don't GS have the traditional "this is confidential, if you're not the intended reader don't read or send this to everyone" footers? I don't know if there's any legal weight to those
robotmonkeys at July 3rd, 2014 03:30 — #7
Someone did something similar at work once. Essentially some confidential report got spammed to the entire company, when it should have only gone to a select few. I (and I suspect a great many others) deleted it unread like many of the other "helpful" updates I get spammed at work. Only when a follow up email that said, "Please delete my previous email unread." did I dig through the trash and then read that email. And you know what? It was one of the more boring and uninteresting emails I had read. No sex. No violence. No actionable intelligence.
tribune at July 3rd, 2014 03:51 — #8
well nothing in my in-box
kuangmk11 at July 3rd, 2014 03:58 — #9
They are correct. Any "reputation damage" they get out of this is totally unnecessary (since their reputation is already in the toilet)
phuzz at July 3rd, 2014 04:22 — #10
And right now someone is busy registering firstname.lastname@example.org for every employee name of GS they can get their hands on.
timquinn at July 3rd, 2014 04:48 — #11
Judges can give do overs? I did not know that.
melted_crayons at July 3rd, 2014 05:40 — #12
And thus was born the Judge-Spacetime Continuum.
smut_clyde at July 3rd, 2014 05:49 — #13
You realise that all those abandoned canaries are breeding down there in the darkness? One day their enraged mutant descendents will find their way back to the surface and it will be CANAROGEDDON.
Don't start me on the predictable consequences of breeding a race of frogs who can survive being slowly boiled.
boundegar at July 3rd, 2014 06:27 — #14
Those are FINRA regulations, not FIRA. And I wonder if Barbara Streisand was on the to: list?
arduenn at July 3rd, 2014 07:05 — #15
Hi Google, we fucked up, so we demand that you clean up our mess. SIgned: The Sociopath Too Big To Fail Highschool Bully Society
fuzzyfungus at July 3rd, 2014 07:06 — #16
Those are an excellent signal that whatever above them is worth either deleting immediately (most of the time) or forwarding to wikileaks (rare occasions, when the blowhard using it isn't mere self-important); but my understanding is that they are pure fluff.
Just writing that doesn't establish any contractual obligation, in the absence of an actual agreement, and any information enjoying special legal protections without an agreement likely doesn't need the silly disclaimer.
I wouldn't want to be in the line of fire of somebody with an unlimited lawyer budget on the subject, since you don't need much of a case to be able to tie an opponent up and bleed them dry on pure procedure; but the same would be true of being in the line of fire without the ghastly little meme-signature thing.
brncarnell at July 3rd, 2014 07:43 — #17
This has happened before: Rocky Mountain Bank vs. Google.
And you can see both sides...one the one hand, if my bank accidentally sends confidential financial information about me to a random Gmail user, yes, I'd like Google to delete that. OTOH, some random user shouldn't have his account frozen as happened in the Rocky Mountain case because of a bank's incompetency.
I would think a reasonable solution would be legislation allowing this where the data accidentally sent is protected/confidential, but requiring that the sending party have to pay a fine to the receiving party. I think $100k would be reasonable.
beohbe at July 3rd, 2014 08:16 — #18
unnecessary reputational damage
They messed up in a big way. The damage to their reputation is necessary. It's called taking responsibility for your actions. Corporations ARE people, my friend. And they are about 6 years old growing up with very little discipline.
hollie at July 3rd, 2014 08:25 — #19
I'm told that Toni Braxton has also been contacted and directed to unbreak the hearts of unspecified Goldman Sachs board members.
acerplatanoides at July 3rd, 2014 08:38 — #20
if they can unring a bell, they get this sound of one hand clapping:
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