Canadian class action over Sony data breach

Video Game Law Blog

May 03, 2011

The massive data privacy breach in Sony's PlayStation Network has been attracting a great deal of attention in recent days, and is creating problems for Sony (not to mention its customers) around the world. Two specific Canadian-flavoured problems for Sony have arisen recently:

First, the Canadian Privacy Commissioner office's has confirmed that it is investigating the data breach (Vancouver Sun coverage here). As FaceBook can attest, the Privacy Commissioner is not afraid to take on large companies that deal with Canadians' personal information, even those without Canadian operations, and Sony should be prepared for similar scrutiny.

Second, a Toronto law firm has just filed a proposed class action suit for privacy breaches and related issue (Globe and Mail coverage here). Sony can add this to the no-doubt growing list of lawsuits arising from the data breach.