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Sony to appear before US Congress

As if the PlayStation Network breach wasn’t bad enough PR for Sony, exposing 77 million users to credit card and identity fraud and putting the network down for weeks, they now have to testify in front of United States Congress about the issue.

Tim Schaff, president of the company’s international Sony Network Entertainment division, will be sat in front of a Congressional subcommittee hearing, which will examine the breach. Republican Mary Bono Mack, chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, is holding a series of hearings on data security, and has already asked Sony once to appear before her. They refused, sending a response in writing, but clearly got the message this time round.

‘While Chairman Bono Mack remains critical of Sony's initial handling of the data breaches, she also is appreciative that the company has now agreed to testify,’ subcommittee aide Ken Johnson told The Atlantic. ‘The Chairman firmly believes that the lessons learned from both the Sony and Epsilon experiences can be instructive and guide us as we develop comprehensive data protection legislation. We expect to introduce that legislation, which will provide new safeguards for American consumers, in the next few weeks.’

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