ACS:Law faces investigation over porn-users list

London-based firm ACS:Law is to be scrutinised by the Information Commissioner’s Office over allegations it breached the Data Protection Act.

The firm, which specialises in music and film copyright cases, is at the centre of a major row after a list of alleged web pirates it compiled appeared online.

The list contains the details of more than 5,000 web users who were alleged by the firm to have illegally shared adult films online. It is understood that the list was posted online after an attack on the firm’s website.

The ICO said it would investigate whether the firm, which is also being investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, breached the Data Protection Act by failing to protect its servers form hackers. If found guilty it could face a £500,000 penalty.

An ICO statement said: “The ICO takes all breaches of the Data Protection Act very seriously. Any organisation processing personal data must ensure that it’s kept safe and secure. This is an important principle of the act.

“The ICO will be contacting ACS:Law to establish further facts of the case and to identify what action, if any, needs to be taken.”

ACS:LAw did not return calls for comment.