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Sony agrees to pay £250,000 ICO fine following data breach

Appeal would reveal information about its security procedures
Mon Jul 15 2013, 11:11
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JAPANESE GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Sony has decided not to appeal a fine by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Sony was hit with the £250,000 fine for a security breach of its systems in 2011, and at the time pledged that it would appeal, claiming that the exposure of users' data was the result of a "focused and determined criminal attack".

However, the Japanese electronics firm has now agreed to pay up, though not because it agrees with the ICO's decision but because the appeals process would reveal information about its security procedures.

The ICO confirmed that Sony will drop its appeal via Twitter.

ICO deputy commissioner David Smith had no sympathy for the technology giant and said Sony should have been better prepared.

"It is a company that trades on its technical expertise, and there's no doubt in my mind that they had access to both the technical knowledge and the resources to keep this information safe," he said when announcing the fine.

According to Sony, pursuing its appeal would have revealed information about its security procedures.

"After careful consideration we are withdrawing our appeal. This decision reflects our commitment to protect the confidentiality of our network security from disclosures in the course of the proceeding. We continue to disagree with the decision on the merits," a spokesperson said.

As you'd expect, the ICO greeted Sony's decision with open arms, saying, "We welcome Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited's decision not to appeal our penalty notice following a serious breach of the Data Protection Act." µ


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