In a move that was entirely inevitable, what's believed to be the first lawsuit against Sony over the PlayStation Network breach has been filed in California today. This comes one day after an admission that PSN users' personal data (including, but not limited to, addresses, birthdates, and possibly credit card numbers) had been obtained by an unauthorized individual.
Cnet reports the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Birmingham, Alabama resident Kristopher Johns in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California. It's seeking to be a class-action lawsuit and claims Sony did not take "reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users." As a result, it prevented PSN users from being able "to make an informed decision as to whether to change credit card numbers, close the exposed accounts, check their credit reports, or take other mitigating actions."
Besides monetary compensation, the lawsuit is looking for free credit report monitoring -- one of the things Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal called for in a letter sent to SCEA president Jack Tretton yesterday.
In related news, Eurogamer revealed earlier today that the United Kingdom's Information Commissioner's Office, which describes itself as an "independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest," will be probing Sony about the leak.
"The Information Commissioner's Office takes data protection breaches extremely seriously," the group said in a statement. "Any business or organization that is processing personal information in the UK must ensure they comply with the law, including the need to keep data secure. We have recently been informed of an incident which appears to involve Sony. We are contacting Sony and will be making further enquiries to establish the precise nature of the incident before deciding what action, if any, needs to be taken by this office."
There's a lot of pressure on Sony at this point and it's unlikely to go away in the near future. It still remains to be seen what sort of additional support it will offer PSN users beyond a recommendation to order a free credit report and file for a fraud alert.