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Old 14.10.2011, 20:03
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Re: Britain targets 6,000 HSBC accounts in Switzerland

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I have worked on several numbered accounts systems. Including security , design and implementation. I doubt very much that any numbers identify individuals. The correlation and resolving systems are simply too secure. It's the bread and butter reputation of the bank at stake.
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Of course the numbers identify the individual. It's in the freakin' Code of Obligations. But only a limited subset of people have the mapping, or rather, access to the mapping between name and number.

Most bank systems will not have access to that mapping by design. Clearly, the system that manages the account balance has no need to know who owns the account. But the bank is required to be able to identify all accounts belonging to an individual, and has been since 1934.

Last edited by Corbets; 14.10.2011 at 20:11. Reason: iPhone related silliness
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