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Sony Sued Over PlayStation Network Data Breach


April 28, 2011

CNET reports that a lawsuit has been filed against Sony for not taking "reasonable care to protect, encrypt and secure the private and sensitive data of its users." Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the complaint alleges that the company did not allow its customers "to make an informed decision" about protecting financial information. Legal recourse could prove difficult, the article suggests, as Sony included language in its terms of service absolving it of culpability in the event of data loss. Sony now faces inquiries from several authorities and regulators. U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) has asked congress to look into the data leak, the UK Information Commissioner's Office is opening an investigation, and Canada's privacy commissioner will also launch an inquiry.  
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