European Data Protection Digest

Regulators, Lawmakers Take Action Following Breach

DATA LOSS

May 6, 2011

Reaction from last month's data breaches involving Sony's PlayStation Network and its Online Entertainment service continues. In the UK, the Information Commissioner's Office has announced it will conduct a formal investigation, and German privacy officials will also question the company, eWeek reports. Lawmakers in the U.S. are planning to push for national data breach legislation. Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim will question whether Sony's Australian outfit was in violation of the country's Privacy Act, and a Canadian law firm has filed a $1 billion class-action lawsuit against Sony. The company said it has hired outside investigators and cybersecurity detectives "to help with the clean-up." Larry Ponemon, CIPP, chairman of the Ponemon Institute, said, "This may be the mother of all data breaches at this point." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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