Is the PSN Breach Worth Suing Sony for a Billion Bucks?

While Canada's privacy watchdog looks into the PSN breach, a twenty-one year-old Ontario woman moves forward with a class-action lawsuit against Sony.


"If you can't trust a huge multinational corporation like Sony to protect your private information, who can you trust?" asked Natasha Maksimovic, the representative plaintiff in the suit, in an official release. According to CBC News, Toronto law firm McPhadden Samac Tuovi is proposing the suit against Sony Japan, Sony USA, Sony Canada and other Sony branches for breach of privacy.

Maksimovic signed up for the PlayStation Network and its Qriocity service for use with her PSP and Sony e-book reader. In an official statement, Sony apparently "failed to adequately safeguard certain personal information, financial data and usage data."

The lawsuit claimed that Sony delayed notifying the proper law enforcement agencies over the theft. According to the suit, PSN users were exposed to "fear, anxiety (and) emotional distress."

The suit is seeking over $1 billion in damages. This includes Sony paying credit monitoring costs, fraud insurance and a summer home in Costa Rica. Okay, I made that last part up.


Ont. woman sues Sony over data breach [CBC]

(Top photo: S. Badz | Getty)

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