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Confidential bank data made public

THE BANK account numbers of several customers of Privatbanka, together with personal data and information about their financial transactions, were released to the public, the Pravda daily reported on April 24.

THE BANK account numbers of several customers of Privatbanka, together with personal data and information about their financial transactions, were released to the public, the Pravda daily reported on April 24.

The Office of the General Prosecutor has started an investigation to determine who was responsible for releasing the confidential information.

The daily reported that the names and account information for 80 influential businesspeople were released.

The bank denied it was the source of the information and Pravda wrote that Slovakia’s financial police had possession of a similar list when it was reviewing Privatbanka’s operations in 2009 and 2010.

Michal Slivka, the spokesperson for the financial police, part of Slovakia’s Office for the Fight against Organised Crime, told the SITA newswire that the financial police did not create or possess any list of the bank’s customers as there was no reason for them to have done so during the investigation.

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