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Swiss court rules handing over bank employee info to US illegal

A Swiss court has ruled that Credit Suisse's decision to provide US tax authorities with information on an employee was illegalA Swiss court has ruled that Credit Suisse’s decision to provide US tax authorities with information on an employee was illegal, according to the ruling made public Monday. In April 2012, the Swiss government gave 11 Swiss banks the go-ahead to accommodate a US tax evasion probe and hand over the names of thousands of their employees and consultants working with American clients. Fearful of harsh US penalties and prosecution, the banks then met Washington’s demands, handing over personal information about numerous staff members, and reportedly also making personal documents, emails and details of telephone calls available.

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