European Data Protection Digest

European Regulators Investigate Breach

DATA LOSS

April 29, 2011

Regulators in the UK and Ireland plan to investigate the data breach sustained by Sony's PlayStation Network, according to Forbes. The Irish data protection commissioner has contacted Sony Ireland but said it is "extremely unlikely" that the agency will fine the company. UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham "will be making further inquiries to establish the precise nature of the incident before deciding what action...needs to be taken." And, Germany's federal data protection commissioner claims that Sony breached a legal duty by taking too long to notify its customers. The article suggests that the breach could have implications for the European Commission's proposal to extend current data protection laws beyond the telecommunications industry.
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