BT has resisted the efforts of solicitors Gallant Macmillan, acting on behalf of record label Ministry of Sound, to obtain details of the ISP's customers who are accused of illegal downloading.
The move comes after the ACS:Law affair exposed the questionable security protocols of the law firms who are handling such customer data, with the ACS:Law leak exposing the personal details of at least 13,000 broadband users on the Internet.
The Guardian reports that the High Court granted BT an adjournment until January 2011, thus meaning it won't have to hand over any customer details yet. BT argued that solicitor firms wielding such illegal file-sharing allegations should have to prove that the accusations have at least some basis.
BT told the Guardian: "The incident involving the ACS:Law data leak has further damaged people's confidence in the current process. We're pleased that the court has agreed to an adjournment so that our concerns can be examined by the court, this will then act as a precedent/test case for the future."
BT came under fire in the ACS:Law debacle because it emerged that the company sent customer data in unencrypted emails when requested by the law firm. Even though that had nothing to do with the actual data breach itself, it's still an embarrassing protocol lapse for BT, which has launched an internal enquiry into how this occurred. It also assured customers that "this type of incident will not happen again".
At the weekend, both the Ministry of Sound and Gallant Macmillan websites were subjected to denial of service attacks from Anonymous, a group pledged to "fight back against the anti-piracy lobby". The Ministry of Sound site is still down as of this morning.
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