Today saw the disgraced, discredited bully Andrew Crossley up before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal on 7 charges relating to ACS:Law’s (his former company, since shut down) harassment of alleged file-sharers. ISPreview’s commentary on proceedings is worth reading, particularly the section dealing with how, even though declared bankrupt, Crossley still lives the high life. Crossley has also still to pay the fine levied on him by the ICO.
If the news that the Information Commissioner’s Office has levied its first fines is supposed to scare people and organisations into being ethical, compliant with the law, using common sense and following sensible IT security precautions then I’m afraid the ICO is deluded.
Remember that the ICO is complicit in the mass privacy breaches by BT and Phorm in their secret and illegal testing. The ICO did nothing to prevent this from happening. The ICO now says that it doesn’t need technical expertise for its role. I say that is bulls**t. The ICO needs technical expertise as much as it needs legal expertise. Its abysmal perphormance in the Phorm phiasco proves that it does.