BT sent unencrypted personal data to ACS Law

BT is the latest company to be dragged into the horrible mess created by bullying legal outfit ACS Law.

The UK telecoms giant has admitted that it sent the personal details of more than 500 customers in an unprotected Excel document to the controversial company which sends threatening letters to people accusing them of downloading illegal porn, music and software.

According to the BBC, the documents were sent by BT lawyer Prakesh Mistry to ACS Law's one and only lawyer, Andrew Crossley, as the result of a court order.

Unfortunately for BT, the court order specifically states that any data sent should be encrypted.

A recent data breach at ACS Law has exposed the personal details of thousands of unwitting broadband account holders, as well as a number of e-mails which do very little to enhance the reputation of the company.

Two documents were sent by BT, one containing the personal details of BT broadband punters accused of sharing a music track called Evacuate the Dancefloor, the other pertaining to 130 PlusNet users accused of downloading or sharing hardcore pornography.

As interested parties continue to delve into the contents of the 350MB compressed file which has been doing the rounds in the Internet, more companies and individuals are bound to be dragged into what we have decided to call ACSgate.

Information seen in the unencrypted files includes credit card details and even a colour scan of a passport in at least one case.

ACS Law faces a fine of up to £500,000 if it is found guilty of failing to protect personal data.

P2P users are so amused by the ACS Law shenanigans that they have released a torrent for an MP3 track pack containing all of the music currently monitored by the outfit.