Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Sep 2011 00:23 UTC
Games "Sony is preparing to ban gamers from the PlayStation Network unless they waive the right to collectively sue it over future security breaches. The firm has amended PSN's terms and conditions and users have to agree to them next time they log in. The move comes months after a string of hacking attacks compromised over 100 million accounts of the PlayStation Network subscribers. It is, however, possible to opt out of the agreement within the next 30 days. Gamers will now have to try to resolve any legal issues with an arbitrator picked by Sony, before being able to file a lawsuit."
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Would this stand up in court?
by mahiyu on Sat 17th Sep 2011 22:08 UTC
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As I understand it, under UK law (Data Protection Act) Sony has a legal obligation to protect personal data held by them. No waiver will get them out of that.

I suspect that this waiver that Sony is trying to put in would be seen as an unfair term under contract law and would not stand up in court. I also suspect that if they try to deny users access to their online services unless they sign up to said unfair terms they would be on legally thin ice.

Any UK-based PSN users fancy taking this up with the Office of Fair Trading?

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