Bloomberg Bars Reporters from Client Activity

LOS ANGELES (AP) -

Financial data and news company Bloomberg LP says it has corrected a “mistake” in its newsgathering policies and cut off its journalists’ special access to client log-in activity on the company’s ubiquitous trading information terminals, after Goldman Sachs complained about the matter last month.

A person familiar with the matter said Friday that Goldman Sachs became concerned about outside access after a Bloomberg reporter, investigating what she thought was the departure of a Goldman employee, told the securities firm that the employee had not logged into a Bloomberg terminal for a number of weeks.

The person was not authorized to speak publicly and gave the information on condition of anonymity.

Separately, the Federal Reserve is looking into whether Bloomberg journalists tracked data about terminal usage by top Fed officials, a spokeswoman said. The agency has contacted Bloomberg to learn more, she said.

On Saturday, CNBC reported that a former Bloomberg employee said he accessed information about terminal usage by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

The Fed spokeswoman wouldn’t comment on the CNBC report. A Treasury spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment.