Remember the great PSN hack of 2011? Remember the thousands of accounts that had their personal information leaked? Remember Sony’s headhunt for hackers? Remember Anonymous’s war against the company? Remember all of that crap that we thought we had finally put behind us? Well, the UK government won’t let us forget it.
The Information Commissioner’s Office of the UK has fined Sony for £250,000, stating that the information leak was a “serious breach of the Data Protection Act.” Specifically, the ICO says that the entire situation could have been prevented if Sony had been keeping their security up-to-date. Deputy Commissioner and Director of data protection, David Smith, said “the security measures in place were simply not good enough” and “There's no disguising that this is a business that should have known better.”
Sony, of course, disagrees with the ICO’s decision and has decided to appeal the fine.
Way to dredge up bad memories, ICO. We were all finally ready to forget this crappy period of Sony’s past and you just had to bring it up again.