Porn List Leak Could lead To Fine

A list of thousands of Sky broadband users has been leaked to the Internet, along with the list of pornographic videos they allegedly downloaded and shared.

The leak, believed to contain data compiled by law firm ACS:Law, is a major violation of the Data Protection Act.

The data leaked to the internet contains identifiable names and addresses of 5,400 Sky broadband users who have been accused of downloading and sharing porn.

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has already launched an investigation against the law firm, according to the BBC.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said in a statement: “The Information Commissioner has significant power to take action and I can levy fine of up to half a million pounds on companies that flout the [Data Protection Act].”

Privacy advocates all over the UK have questioned ACS:Law's, or any legal firm carrying out the task of sending out threatening letters to web users, over the data protection methods used by them.

While handling a massive amount of sensitive consumer data, companies are required to be extra careful in handling it.