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Sony breach plays out



Data breach stories continue to hit the headlines, including the loss of some 77 million details on Play Station users after an aggressive hacking attack. In the aftermath the main issue seems to be that Sony did not admit the breach quickly enough.

The regulators for UK and Irish regimes are continuing their enquiries but the real impact is to harden the European Commission’s stance on compulsory notification of data loss and to heighten efforts to harmonize US privacy legislation with that of the EU.

The New York Times reports that Viviane Reding the European Justice Commissioner was quick to lay blame at Sony’s door saying “Seven days is too late” to notify customers of a breach. She also asserted that “Any company operating in the E.U. market or any online product that is targeted at E.U. consumers should comply with E.U. rules.”

Reding went on to applaud the moves by US Congress to pass a privacy bill of rights that would bring the two regimes in line. It seems this is regarded by the Commission as an “essential relationship” to ensure users’ privacy.




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