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ICO Levies 250,000-GBP Fine

DATA LOSS—UK

January 24, 2013

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a 250,000-GBP fine to Sony for a 2011 breach affecting approximately 77 million users, MSN Money UK reports. The ICO contends that the breach could have been prevented, the report states. “If you are responsible for so many payment card details and log-in details, then keeping personal data secure has to be your priority,” ICO Deputy Commissioner David Smith said, adding, “there’s no doubt in my mind that they had access to both the technical knowledge and the resources to keep this information safe.” A company spokesman said, “Sony Computer Entertainment Europe strongly disagrees with the ICO’s ruling and is planning an appeal.”
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