ACS:Law faces investigation over porn-users list

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  • ACS has reacted so foolishly. How could they act against the law, being a law firm themselves. It is unacceptable

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  • Wrong, Just Wrong, there was no Hacking of his website, a Denial of service only floods the site with more data than it can handle, forcing it to go offline. the leak occured because of incompetance on the part of the System Administrator of the firm, who did not notice that a backup copy of the email database was on a publically facing server. The mere fact that ACS Law stored emails containing xls spreadsheets containing private information is enough to close this firm down.

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  • Will all those whose names have been disclosed have claims against the ACS Law?

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  • If I've got this right, the 'victims' of the breach of the DPA are the guys who were downloading and sharing porn films. Ex turpi causa non oritur actio (i.e. no cause of action from shameful behaviour by the claimant)? Maybe times have changed since I was a law student.

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  • John,
    The names are those of account holders who were being accused of having their accounts compromised and used to download porn. This simple fact does not appear on the file, merely that a name is associated with a particular work.
    While I am sure some of the accused have downloaded porn or have authorised others to do so, there are a great number of completely innocent people listed.
    In addition there are several technical reasons why the evidence amassed by ACS law wouldn't stand up in court. Some of the reasons were disclosed to the principle by a QC and others by his paralegals.
    In addition there is no third party peer reviewed evidence as to the accuracy of the monitoring software.

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  • John,
    You seem a bit off the pace here. Even if (and it's a mega if) all those on the list had been downloading porn, it's legal, and they were doing it in the expectation of privacy.
    Have a look at what the courts have been doing recently. They have been issuing super injunctions to protect the privacy of famous people when they get up to no good.

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  • Hi.
    I have received letters from ACS Law trying to get money out of me for illegal downloads. Something that did not happen. Can anyone tell me where I can see this list?
    Thanks

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  • ACS:Law - its the biggest joke ot the 21 century !

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  • All UK citizens are encouraged to contact their ISPs and demand they release an official statement ensuring they will NEVER give up any details to the ACS:Law scammers and Andrew Johnthan Crossley.

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  • Where's the list?

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