Sony Agrees To $15 Million Data Breach Settlement


Remember when you couldn’t go online to play games via PSN back in 2011? A class action lawsuit surrounding the unfortunate events surrounding the PSN data breach has just been agreed upon by Sony, which will payout to a total of $15 million to qualifying users affected by the disservice, Polygon reports. A copy of the settlement document is available below.

Sony agrees to $15M settlement

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The settlement has yet to be completely approved by the judge beyond a preliminary approval, but will likely include a package similar to that “Welcome Back” offering Sony provided to affected users back in 2011, but will include more options to those who did not accept their offer way back when. Sony provided a statement to Game Informer over the proceedings, which state the following:

"A proposed settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuits arising from the April 2011 criminal cyber-attacks on the PlayStation Network, Qriocity, and Sony Online Entertainment services. Information regarding the proposed settlement, which is subject to final approval by the Court, is available in the settlement agreement and other documents filed with the Court.  While we continue to deny the allegations in the class action lawsuits, most of which had been previously dismissed by the trial court, we decided to move forward with a settlement to avoid the costs associated with lengthy litigation.  To date, the Sony entities have received no confirmed reports of identity theft linked to the attacks, and there is no evidence that anyone’s credit card information was accessed.  We are glad that the parties are working toward a resolution of this matter and that our gamers will continue to enjoy our entertainment services."

Some of the offerings mentioned in the settlement include free PlayStation 3 and PSP games, PS3 themes, limited subscriptions to PS Plus, free subscriptions to Sony Music Unlimited and free SOE Station cash.

Thankfully, with the settlement just needing to have the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed, Sony can move on from the brutal ordeal that plagued the public perception of Sony’s security measures and online play viability. These things always take time, and fans at least get the opportunity to receive more free PS3 stuff. Check your emails and spam parameters closely, as the expected offerings should cap out at $6 million and $4 million, depending on whether or not you indulged in free games last time.


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