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Sony Drops Data Loss Appeal, Will Have to Pay £250k Fine

Posted by Sammy Barker

Chunk of change

Remember when the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK fined Sony a whopping £250,000 for the PlayStation Network hack in 2011? At the time, the platform holder said that it planned to fight the charges – but it’s since dropped the case, meaning that the firm will be forced to cough up the extortionate sum.

"After careful consideration, we are withdrawing our appeal,” the company told V3. “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.”

Unsurprisingly, ICO said that it was delighted with the change of heart. “We welcome Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited’s decision not to appeal our penalty notice following a serious breach of the Data Protection Act,” a representative said. Someone’s going on a nice summer holiday at least.

[via v3.co.uk, vg247.com, joystiq.com]

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