Taipei demands answers from Sony, threatens fines

Ralph Jennings reports:

The city of Taipei is demanding that Sony provide details about any leak of PlayStation Network user data following an intrusion last week or face fines.

As pressure mounts internationally against Sony over the failure of its PlayStation Network online gaming service, the Taiwan capital’s Law and Regulation Commission said late on Thursday it had sent the Japanese company a letter asking it to explain the incident “from start to finish” and any proposed follow-up measures.

The letter was sent on Wednesday and gives Sony 10 days to respond. If it fails to reply in time, it would be fined between NT$30,000 (US$1044) and NT$300,000 for alleged breaches of local consumer protection laws, the commission said in a statement.

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