PSN Outage: Sony Subpoenaed By New York State?


Posted May 5, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson

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This week is just getting worse for Sony. Yesterday, we learned of a one billion dollar (that's with a "B") lawsuit filed against the company, and this morning, Bloomberg is reporting that Sony is being subpoenaed by New York's attorney general Eric Schneiderman.

The subpoena is reportedly part of a consumer protection inquiry, so Schneiderman is looking for details on what Sony told customers about the security of their networks, according to Bloomberg's source.

Sony's Patrick Seybold said in an e-mailed statement that “we will review and respond to this request and will continue to work with law enforcement authorities as they investigate the criminal attack on our network."

While New York hasn't publicly revealed the details of their inquiry into the PSN outage, if I had to guess, I'd say part of their investigation will focus on what kind of guarantees consumers were given about the security of their personal data. In other words, how safe did Sony say they would keep your data?

Another likely area of investigation: Did Sony do a good job of letting consumers know what was happening once the company found out there was a breach of data?

So, let me put it to you, reader: Before this all happened, did you think that your personal data was safe? Do you think Sony did a good job letting gamers know about the security breach?

If you're coming late to the story, check out our collection of PlayStation Notwork stories.

Source: Bloomberg

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PSN Outage: Sony Subpoenaed By New York State?