UK legal firm ACS:Law is now defunct, having sparked controversy for its settlement letters sent to alleged filesharers. Founder Andrew Crossley is facing a number of court and trade body hearings, but the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has got in early, fining him £1,000 for failing to keep information secure. That’s linked to the hack attack that revealed details of people contacted by ACS:Law. “Sensitive personal details relating to thousands of people were made available for download to a worldwide audience and will have caused them embarrassment and considerable distress,” said information commissioner Christopher Graham. If ACS:Law was still going, it would have been fined £200,000 for the breach, but with Crossley now pleading poverty, the lesser fine was imposed on him personally. Source: The Register

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