SNB investigating whether Bloomberg accessed user data

ZURICH Wed May 15, 2013 9:41am EDT

A Bloomberg terminal displays news while traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, May 13, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A Bloomberg terminal displays news while traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, May 13, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss National Bank said it is investigating whether Bloomberg journalists accessed usage data from Bloomberg Terminals at the central bank.

"We are in contact with other central banks in this matter," SNB spokesman Walter Meier said in an emailed statement.

A number of central banks have said they were examining Bloomberg's use of data including the U.S. Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Canada, Germany's Bundesbank and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

(Reporting By Katharina Bart)