According to a report in newspaper WA Today, the Australian government announced plans to create a law forcing companies to disclose privacy breaches to the public. Newspaper WA Today reports that 1,560,791 Australian accounts were affected as a result of the attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network, along with 280,000 credit card details. A timeline for the introduction of this proposal was not revealed, but the government seems to be serious about it. In addition to planning a new law to deal with events like Sony’s, the government has criticized the company over the way it has handled its security problems.
Privacy minister Brendan O’Connor recently said that he is "very concerned" over the data loss, but Sony isn’t the only company he is concerned about when it comes to security and privacy issues.
"Sony isn’t alone. We’ve seen serious privacy-related incidents in recent months involving other large companies," said O’Connor. "All companies that collect customers’ personal information must ensure that the information is safe and secure from misuse."