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PSN: Sony “could well have been negligent,” faces big fine

VG247 writes: Following confirmation that PSN accounts have been hacked, a legal expert has warned that Sony could face heavy fines for breaching the Data Protection Act.

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ALFAxD_CENTAURO2423d ago (Edited 2423d ago )

What about Terms & Agreement?: http://n4g.com/news/752480/...

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''“In the US, none of Sony’s customers will have to pay for any fraudulent use of credit information,” industry analyst and lawyer Michael pachter said.

“So Sony will work with the financial institutions to cover any losses. Sony will of course be liable to reimburse PlayStation Plus customers for their downtime. I’m sure that they will provide something (free game downloads or something similar) to recompense customers for the inconvenience caused, which is significant.”''

But then again, the ToS comes again saying it won't compensate (15. WARRANTY DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY of ToS).

*Sigh*

Let the Real lawyers fix this.

LOGICWINS2423d ago (Edited 2423d ago )

The Terms & Agreement would fall under private contract law..however, general laws such as the Data Protection Act outweigh private law.

Consider this analogy. In the U.S. you have the right to bear arms as long as your gun is registered and concealed..however, when you enter a PRIVATE facility, you can be legally REMOVED from the premises for having a weapon.

BUT...once your back out in the public, the general 2nd Amendment right still stands.

Mr_cheese2423d ago

Thats very true, but somehow people have a way around the system, literally.

cyclonus0072423d ago

Their system was secure for 5 years. If it took that long to crack, are people really mad that it wasn't impenetrable forever?

If I was breaking into a safe and it took me 5 years of work with multiple teams to crack it, that's a badass safe.

Homicide2423d ago

The PS3 console was difficult to crack; the PSN system, on the other hand, was easy to hack. Hackers never tried to hack into the PSN until the Geohot thing came about.

lyvon2423d ago

Water off a ducks back...big fine, pffft