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Sony Facing Lawsuit over PSN Anti-Lawsuit Clause

by William Schwartz


Sony is getting sued again, this time over the revised Terms of Service and User Agreement that was amended following the PSN breach earlier this year.  The suit claims that Sony is conducting unfair business with consumers by forcing users to agree to the new terms of the PlayStation Network.

Following the PSN breach of earlier this year, Sony had serious exposure to liability when the privacy of millions was exposed by a hijack of the online gaming network.  Sony’s answer to that breach was to beef up security, and to cover their assets in the future, they inserted a new clause into the terms of service that prevents PSN users from entering into any class action lawsuit against the company, unless Sony agrees to it.

The suit is claimed to be on behalf of “all those customers who owned a PSN account before the changes to the ToS occurred,” according to Gamasutra.  Among other things, the suit claims that Sony is taking away the right to a service that was advertised and paid for by the consumers that purchased the PlayStation 3 prior to the change in terms.  The man who hails from Northern California that has filed the suit, also claims that Sony buried the clause in the Terms of Service and made the form difficult to access.

- This article was updated on:December 4th, 2017

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