PSN Attacks Have Aussie Government Changing Laws

PSN Attacks Have Aussie Government Changing Laws

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that Sony Australia “has refused to provide an iron-clad guarantee that it destroys or permanently de-identifies users’ outdated personal information”, which in this country is a violation of federal Privacy Act laws.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]


    • That this will be our one video-game-related (even tangentally) issue that actually gets dealt with this year?

    • I suppose the bad part is where rather than comply sony simply pulls the service in this country.

    • The catch?

      *Imagine this in an ignorant fear-mongering old man’s voice*

      “This would never have happened if we hadn’t allowed these excessive and hedonist game computer video contraptions into our fair country, we shall ban them all outright! Furthermore! People use their credit cards on the computer internet! We shall ban this as well!”

      Yeah, that would be an unfortunate turn of events.

  • Maybe they can finally enact an R18+ classification as compensation…

    That would fix everything. Oh, and free donuts.

  • Aussie government changing laws? No way!

    I pose to you, Mr O’Conner – how is it that laws can change so quickly here, yet on the R18 front, the government is happy to drag its knuckles in the sand.

    Yes, Sony needs to beef up their security, how is it that Australia must get involved? If Sony don’t fit whatever guidelines are set by the government, will that mean all Playstation units will be banned?

    Go on, laugh – then tell me it’ll never happen.

    • Simple, this one affected some people he actually knows’ credit cards. That’s the only real motivator for politicians.

      When Politicians actually start to know gamers who wield some power in their electorates we’ll see similarly quick responses to policy which treats gamers as a valid lobby group instead of being able to be dismissed as a group of childish crackpots.

      I’m not saying we are, but from the mindset of major party politicians they’d rather we grew up and become “responsible” members of society so we can do things like send them money from gambling, capital gains tax or state taxes on big-ticket items like cars and houses.

      Also, this fits nicely with their policy on “protecting” Australians and gives Conroy even more arguments to install his internet filter on the grounds it will protect us from this sort of thing. As we all know, it won’t and it’ll only be a matter of time before this happens to someone else big.

    • Becuase in this case, only one government needs to make up its mind. In the case of R18+, every state and territory government – as well as the feds – need to all agree on it.

      I understand the frustration. I spent six months of my life devoted to getting Atko out of the way. But it’s not Brendan O’Connor’s fault. In fact, of all those in a position to influence the implementation of R18+ he’s been the most helpful and the most willing to consult with the gaming community and industry.

      Don’t let your frustration land on one of the best allies we’ve got.

  • “… new laws aimed at protecting the rights and information of customers with details stored online.”

    Never seemed to stop them with the Internet Censorship legislation :\

  • I imagine a whole lot of companies are re-evaluating their own systems and vulnerabilities after this mess. And if this leads to laws which help better inform and protect consumers, even better.

    So there is some silver linings to this whole disaster… Just don’t mention that to any Sony execs/investors. :p

  • Usually no catch. Australia has a fantabulous government and incredibly high taxes to fund it.

    <3 <3 <3 Aussie government <3 <3 <3 (except the dismissal, that was gay)

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