Sony agrees to pay ICO fine

Sony has dropped the appeal against an ICO decision for a fine over the company’s 2011 data breach which involved an attack against Sony's PlayStation Network and compromised personal data of millions of users. The data included names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth and account passwords.

The ICO announced a fine of £250,000 in January for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act resulting from insufficient security measures.
At the time, Deputy Commissioner David Smith said: “There’s no disguising that this is a business that should have known better. It is a company that trades on its technical expertise, and there’s no doubt in my mind that they had access to both the technical knowledge and the resources to keep this information safe.”

The ICO tweeted on 11 July that Sony had confirmed it will now pay the fine.