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Judge Dismisses Consumer Privacy Allegations

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 23, 2012

A federal judge has dismissed much of a class-action suit over a data breach at Sony’s Playstation Network in April 2011, Courthouse News Service reports. The suit alleges hackers were able to access the gaming network because the company negligently ”failed to provide adequate firewalls and safeguards” for users’ personally identifiable information. Sign-up for the games requires users to provide names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, birthdays and credit and debit card information, the report states. The suit alleges Sony should have known the system was vulnerable to an attack. A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed several of the suit’s claims, including violations of California consumer protection statutes.
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