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BT wants moratorium on requests for alleged pirates' details

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 05 Oct 2010 17:32 User comments (1)

BT wants moratorium on requests for alleged pirates' details BT is seeking a moratorium on requests for personal information of alleged pirates that subscribe to its Internet services. The telecommunications giant's move comes after thousands of customers from its PlusNet services, along with those of other ISPs, had their personal information leaked online from London law firm ACS:Law.
BT wants a temporary halt on all new and existing applications for subscriber information until a test case can be heard. The test case was originally scheduled to be heard today, but was adjourned until January 11, 2011. "This will be a test case for ISPs," a legal representative of BT told BBC News.

The case involves law firm Gallant Macmillan, representing record label Ministry of Sound. The law firm is seeking a court order to obtain the personal information of PlusNet, BSkyB and Be Internet subscribers. BT lawyers requested the adjournment, saying the firm wanted details of the security system that would be used to store information that is handed over.

Just last week, BT was criticized after the personal details of 500 customers were sent to ACS:Law in an unencrypted document, possibly putting BT in breach of the Data Protection Act.

"The incident involving the ACS:Law data leak has further damaged people's confidence in the current process," a spokesman said. "We want to ensure broadband subscribers are adequately protected so that rights holders can pursue their claims for copyright infringement without causing unnecessary worry to innocent people. We have not simply consented to these orders in the past, we have asked for stricter terms as public concern has risen. The data leak with ACS:Law prompted us to take further action today."

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15.10.2010 18:03

the only reason they are publicly doing this is because they got caught out being in league with the mafia blackmailers ACSLaw by excepting monies for handing over the information.

but there may be a sting in the tail for BT due to the data protection breach, but seems the police backed off last year when BT were found to be intercepting peoples internet connections without their consent, which under UK law is criminal, there's little hope of BT getting anything more than a dam good telling off with rhetoric like "we must learn from our mistakes" being spewed out from the media official sources.

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