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Old 14.10.2011, 20:19
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Re: Britain targets 6,000 HSBC accounts in Switzerland

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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.
Sigh all you want, your source is hearsay at best, bar and beer bullshit at worst.

No bank will leak or sell the link. They will have had a list of numbers from the authorities , contacted the account holders and negotiated a settlement without ANYONE outside of the numbered accounts system having identified who was involved. The are at least two people involved in the mapping, no single person can do this. No one person knows what the the other person knows.
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