The Sony PlayStation Network Hacking Case (An Analysis of the UK ICO’s Resolution)

Sony Playstation. Photo by Armando Becerra (2013)

On January 14, 2013, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office imposed Sony PlayStation Network a monetary penalty of GBP 250,000 for its serious breach of the UK Data Protection Act – a penalty Sony eventually decided not to appeal in July. The penalty comes after the company was hacked in April 2011, compromising the personal information of millions of its customers. In this article, I highlight why the ICO made a brilliant move and interpretation of the Act.

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The State of the State: U.K. Government Data Breaches

Government data breaches are very much a parochial problem in the U.K., causing indignation in widespread locales. In its recently published Annual Report for 2012/13, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) states that data leaks by local authorities are a priority area for the data protection body. The ICO receives both individual complaints and declarations of self-reported data breaches from public and private entities.

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