A few days ago, personal data belonging to millions of PlayStation Network users was stolen in a cyber-attack on Sony’s servers which caused huge concerns for PSN users. Now, evidently Sony is planning to make good for its mistakes as the company announced yesterday its plans to provide free enrollment to PSN users in an identity theft protection program. For this very purpose, Sony has spoken with Debix Inc. to provide all its PSN and Qriocity customers in the US with a 12 month coverage in the AllClearID Plus program of the company, free of cost.
Interested users have until the 18th of June to sign up for the program and the year-long term of the license will start upon registration. Sony has announced that the registered users will receive their respective activation emails from the service in a short while. The company has also signaled that it is working to provide similar programs to users in other countries and territories outside the US; however Sony did not provide any other details about when such plans will come to fore.
As a part of the AllClearID Plus service, the users get an insurance policy which provides a cover of up to $1 million against the impact of an identity theft; this includes the fees for legal defense and lost pay within a year of the security breach in the PSN. In addition to this, the company will also monitor criminal websites and the data that the law enforcement agencies have recovered to look for the data belonging to the users. If they find a user’s personal information, the user will then be notified trough a phone call or an email about the protective steps which they should take. The users will also be able to contact specialists for assistance with contacting creditors.
Ah, you found more details. Good to see Sony taking more responsibility for this. It’ll be a nasty blow to their coffers but it’s worth it.