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ACS:Law has been fined by the Information Commissioner's Office for failing to follow data protection law. The one-man law firm, which has since ceased trading, won infamy for using IP numbers to accuse people of illegal file-sharing. Victims received a letter offering to settle the claims rather than go to court. But ACS:Law …

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@Lee

As someone else mentioned, a good forensic analysis of his accounts should prove interesting. You can only "gift" so much wealth per year per person without incurring a tax penelty. £4500 IIRC

Trying to hide transfers like that by "employing" his wife/partner/family member as a secretary on £100,000pa probably won't wash, especially if his own take home "pay" is less.

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At last

But make it the full £200,000

We want him bankrupt!

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I have ....

... a strong suspicion that it will take more than 200k to make this clown bankrupt. What's to stop him setting up shop again under a different name?

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Today just gets better and better...

...so far I've been told Max Mosley has lost at the European Court of Human Rights and now I discover Andrew Crossley is now of 'limited means'. Fablas! :D

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Oh, come on

In the e-mails there was a classic to Westminster council where he claimed the firm couldn't afford to pay a littering fine, and yet he was bragging splashing out on a car.

Thus, we know he's got form for fibbing. Another statement claiming he's got no money should be viewed in the same light. He's not unskilled, he's not without contacts: give him 'time to pay' and go for the whole £200,000.

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Just seen this article...

Great end to the day, I also hope his testicles turn square and develop some form of nasty itchy scratchy mould.

The comparison of him to those shady car park sharks is also very apt, top tip, if you get one of those fines, just refuse to pay, even when they threaten with debt collectors, refuse to pay and insist on your day in court, they will drop it before it gets to court because they know they can't enforce the penalty. Successfully done this against UKPC.

Have a great Tuesday evening all!

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Succesfully done against L.P.S

Don't pay Private Parking Tickets they are worthless. Ignore everything they send you and say

Further advice on Private parking tickets can be found on Consumer Action Group (CAG) or Martin Lewis

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I was under the impression

I was under the impression that it was doubtful that Mr Crossley/ACS Law even had the legal right to collect. In the US I believe that's called extortion, why hasn't he been charged?

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a grand? Really?

That would be worth just 2 of his infamous letters. What a joke. I am not intimate with UK law, but does it open the way for personal action from the victims, or does it settle the matter once and for all? In the latter case Crossley just got handed a huge reward, not a fine.

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Crossley what a twonk

You can debate the rights and wrongs of what Crossley was up to but one thing is inexcusable.

When the personal details of over 20,000 individuals were leaked due to the rank incompetance of Crossle - some of whom were no doubt innocent, but the data doesn't make that distinction - he could have and indeed should have, according to the code of conduct for solicitors and the ICO, contacted those who were affected.

The fact he didn't should have resulted in a larger fine and if this is the way the ICO deals with the single largest data leak before Sony decided to join the fray then they are not fit for purpose.

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Re: Crossley what a twonk

"When the personal details of over 20,000 individuals were leaked due to the rank incompetance of Crossle[y] - some of whom were no doubt innocent..."

I wonder if there's a case for suing the extortionist concerned for defamation.

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Wow

Thats some twisted logic there . How can you say that this was pro pirate article . There is no proof that ACS was even targeting pirates but just people who might of had an IP address. More like a crooked cop shaking people down . But lets go with the bad cop analogy. Are saying that people can't be happy that a crooked cop is off the streets with out supporting crime ? All I'm asking is to show me one case were ACS even took a person to court, oh wait the didn't. People are even questioning if they had standing to sue, and by people I mean judges and other lawyers .

So please tell me how people cheering that shake down artist is gone is supporting piracy ?.

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Pure Bullshit

Limited means to pay? I call shenanigans. He's milked his scared and confused clientele via straight-up blackmail* and now he's shuffled his ill gotten gains off into a bank account somewhere, wound the company up, and will cry and whine about limited means until his creditors piss off and then he's off to barbados living the life of riley.

To everyone elsre complaining about a pro-piracy bias on the reg : there isnt one. there's a pro do-business-ethically bias, which involves not supporting making an example of a single mother with a copy of limewire to the tune of 200 grand, or looking and supporting other practical solutions to piracy and revenue models which are lawyer-and-lollitigation independant, because the current model, as it stands, supports lawyers, increases the cost of legit music without increasing dividends to artists, and paves the way for massive bureaucratic bloat and political corruption as MPAA Lobbying runs amok.

I dont support piracy. I also dont support extortion and terrorism, which is basically what ACS was up to. Guess which one I get more pissed about?

*(courts dont think these cases can be prosecuted, CPS wont bring charges but he writes the letters anyway? thats blackmail. fuck the Artists/Piracy war, this is an article about someone exploiting the artist/Piracy situation to blackmail people)

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No funds?

Crossley skint? Hmm. Don't believe a word of it. Reckon there should be further investigation of his statement. Sounds suspicious to me. He shouldn't be let off the hook THAT easily.

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That Karma

She's a Birch* isn't she

*Damn that spelchekker

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only 1k?

I hope a few people stake out his house/premises, etc and take some photos to see if he really IS "of limited means"

The resulting publicity would be popcorn-worthy.

Ideally he should be ordered to pay back everyone who actually coughed up too.

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A thousand f**king pounds?

Bloody hell, your average copyright infringement slams for a fair bit more than that, and I don't hear them being considerate for a person's "limited means".

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That's bullshit

The fine or punishment should always fit the crime not the ability or inability of the individual to be able to pay it. Besides to actual take this pricks word based on a written statement rather than investigating his financial status themselves is just sheer laziness on the part of the commissioner's office

After ten years as an investigator I can honestly say there is enough information to seriously fuck this guy over for years to come. Firstly there is enough information to start a criminal investigation certainly fraud offences will be aplenty. depending on the british statute demand money with menace.

Then there the law practice itself a formal hearing with the bar association barring him from practicing law for 10 years should be a minimum.

Then after the dust has settled the tax office should be extracting it's pound of flesh.

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Repeat after me

This fine is only for the data breach. The ICO can't touch him for his threatening letters. Isn't he still under investigation for that?

You're not a very good investigator if you can't even understand that!

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I disagree with the the first sentence...

...but agree with EVERYTHING else here; the point is that one doesn't have to reject the idea of punishment according to the circumstances of the individual to opine that in all probability, Crossley's a lying thieving sack of shit whose convenient inability to pay probably has as little substance as the grounds upon which he attempted to extort money from people. They should pursue him for the full £200,000.

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I would have jailed him

Now that WOULD have been funny

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Re: That's bullshit and similar comments...

Total agreement here. The man is a lying scumbag and should be punished to the fullest extent, including jail time for extortion.

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some...

might say that the ICO are toothless and that the fine is tiny and inconsistent to the crime committed

Others might think that by not wringing the parasite dry there might be some cash in the assets which will be distributed amongst the wasted costs claimants which Judge Birss has opened the way for

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Can't believe I missed this great news...

The fine is a joke, and completely inexcusable.

DarkNerd above has the idea about right though. Roll on the SRA investigation and lots of private action IN COURT. A place he never seemed keen to go.

Which is strange for a lawyer...

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