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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > ACS:Law Fined For Violating Data Protection Law

ACS:Law Fined For Violating Data Protection Law

ACS:Law Fined For Violating Data Protection Law

Added: Thursday, May 12th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The Information Commissioner's Office has finally fined ACS:Law for data breach. ACS:Law is known as the one-man law company engaged in using IP addresses to threaten people with legal action over unauthorized file-sharing. The targets received a letter which offered them to settle instead of going to court. However, it was discovered that in fact ACS:Law has never taken any single person to court, which made some judges doubt whether the law firm ever had the legal basis to do so.

The Information Commissioner's Office admitted that it would have fined the firm $350,000 for failing to keep data secure, but as the company has ceased trading, the ICO had instead to fine its founder, Andrew Crossley, as an individual. And so Andrew Crossley has been fined only about $1,500 because he claimed he has limited means.

Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner, claimed that quite sensitive personal details of thousands of Internet users had been made available to everyone in the world, which would have caused the affected individuals embarrassment and considerable distress. It was found out that the security measures the law firm had in place couldn’t even fit for purpose in an individual home environment, let alone business working with such sensitive personal details. However, since Andrew Crossley was a sole trader, the fine fell on the individual. If the company hasn’t ceased trading (thus leaving its founder with limited means) it would have been fined $350,000. But at the hearing the firm founder had provided the court with a written, legal statement proving he was skint.

The site of the firm went offline back in September 2010, when Andrew Crossley's arrogance caused deeper hacker attacks and the eventual leak of personal details of over 6,000 people. In September he didn’t take it serious, saying that the website was only offline for a couple hours, which caused him less concern than the fact of his train being quarter an hour late.

Now the Information Commissioner's Office found that Andrew Crossley had failed to ensure security of the system as he didn’t seek professional advice when setting things up. Therefore he made a mistake when used a hosting service for individual users and didn’t install a firewall.

May 12th,2011

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Date:  Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSunTurtle (2011-05-12 13:43:40)
dazpicable avatarkarma

posted by (2011-05-12 17:49:39)
TrojanMouse avatarYep, definitely karma.

Fined more than he was trying to fine everyone else!

posted by (2011-05-13 02:45:57)
whiskerz87 avataryep karma and i find it funny...ty for the read SaM

posted by Site FriendKitty (2011-05-13 18:00:12)
aSBo avatarw4nk3r5

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