ARSTechnica comments on a case where a woman was contacted by a collection agency and ordered to pay $4500 or risk being sued for much more money. Her personal information was collected from Comcast, who provided the information of their own free will. They were not required to do so by any court order and they did not notify the woman or any of the other customers whose privacy rights they violated. The RIAA has previously filed lawsuits against a few hundred people and they have apparently now decided that the lawsuit method is too costly and have resorted to simply billing people directly via a collection agency. It saddens me that all of this is allowed to go on. The woman is suing Comcast over it so we’ll see what comes out of that.