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PSN Attacks Prompt New Australian Privacy Laws
PSN Attacks Prompt New Australian Privacy Laws
May 2, 2011 | By Frank Cifaldi

May 2, 2011 | By Frank Cifaldi
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The Australian federal government will introduce new laws that force companies to reveal security breaches quickly in direct response to April's attack on Sony's PlayStation Network, according to reports.

According to Australia's WA Today, privacy minister Brendan O'Connor has expressed that a mandatory data breach notification system "appears necessary," expressing disappointment over Sony's delayed statement regarding its cyber attack.

"All companies that collect customers' personal information must ensure that the information is safe and secure from misuse," said O'Connor, who did not know when such laws might be introduced.

Just as the U.S. Congress did, Australian privacy commissioner Timothy Pilgrim sent a series of questions to Sony in a letter last week, asking the company to explain the security measures it had in place at the time of the attack. That letter has not yet been answered, though a response is expected by "mid-next week."

Sony isn't the only major company under heat by the Australian federal government over internet security, as similar recent incidents involving Dell Australia and Telstra were also observed by O'Connor, according to the report.


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Norman Caissie
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Australia is a retarded Nanny state. Adults can't play Mortal Kombat because they will get nightmares and cry in their sleep! LMAO

Jeffrey Crenshaw
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Well, despite that, do you not think that companies such as Sony aren't being as responsible as they should be with letting their customers know what's going on with the private information that has been entrusted to them? Not sure what Australian censorship has to do with the topic of this article.

Aiden Eades
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Can't help but agree with you, and i'm honestly surprised there hasn't been something like this implemented already. I mean everyone knew it'd only be a matter of time before something similar to this might happen.



Heck things like this HAVE happened just not on such a large scale.


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