In the wake of the attack on the PlayStation Network, the Australian federal government is looking to implement new laws aimed at protecting the rights and information of customers with details stored online.
There are 1,560,791 Australian PSN accounts that have been compromised in the attack, of which 280,000 had accompanying credit card details.
Federal privacy minister Brendan O'Connor is reportedly "very concerned" with the attacks and is hoping to see new laws enacted that will force companies like Sony to disclose breaches of privacy in a faster, more comprehensive manner.
Sony is facing complaints from some users and privacy watchdogs for the fact it took several days for the company to formally and publicly announce the scale of the data theft.
A report from The Australian, meanwhile, alleges that Sony Australia "has refused to provide an iron-clad guarantee that it destroys or permanently de-identifies users' outdated personal information", which in this country is a violation of federal Privacy Act laws.
Privacy laws to be beefed up following Sony attack [Sydney Morning Herald]