Sony Offering Free ID Theft Protection for PSN – U.S Only For Now

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Sony has announced that together with a company called Debix, they will be offering free identity theft protection to all PSN users in the United States for one year.

What about everyone else? Well, it looks like Sony have a plan to hopefully roll out services in other regions, although there are no indications of when at all., saying that “We are working to make similar programs available in other countries/territories where applicable. Information will be posted on local websites/blogs when available.

As a South African that isn’t from a huge profitable region, that worries me slightly. Full details and more after the jump.

Sony had the following to say on their official blog:

“Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment International have made arrangements with Debix, Inc., one of the industry’s most reputable identity protection firms, to offer AllClear ID Plus at no cost to PlayStation Network and Qriocity account holders for 12 months from the time an account holder registers for the program.”

U.S gamers will want to pay attention to the next part and keep an eye on their e-mail accounts, here’s why:

“Please note that we will start sending out activation emails for this program over the next few days, and you will have until June 18th to sign-up and redeem your code. You will need to sign up directly through AllClearID, not on Sony’s websites, and details, including step-by-step instructions for the program, will be emailed to United States PSN and Qriocity Account holders soon.”

Sony offered the following details, saying that the “details of the program include, but are not limited” to:

Cyber monitoring and surveillance of the Internet to detect exposure of an AllClear ID Plus customer’s personal information, including monitoring of criminal web sites and data recovered by law enforcement. If his/her personal information is found, the customer will be alerted by phone and/or email and will be provided advice and support regarding protective steps to take. The customer will also receive monthly identity status reports. Debix works with an alliance of cyber-crime experts from the government, academia and industry to provide these services.

Priority access to licensed private investigators and identity restoration specialists. If an AllClear ID Plus customer receives an alert, or otherwise suspects that he/she may be the victim of identity theft, the customer can speak directly, on a priority basis, with an on-staff licensed private investigator, who will conduct a comprehensive inquiry. In the case of an identity theft, the customer can work with an identity restoration specialist to contact creditors and others, and take necessary steps to restore the customer’s identity.

A $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user to provide additional protection in the event that an AllClear ID Plus customer becomes a victim of identity theft. This insurance would provide financial relief of up to $1 million for covered identity restoration costs, legal defense expenses, and lost wages that occur within 12 months after the stolen identity event.

Sony finished off by saying that they are still very hard at work to bring their services back online. Again, no details have been given to non-US members, and I am a little worried as to whether other regions are going to be getting similar treatment.

We can only wait and see what Sony does next, and if it’s handled properly, then good on them. For now, we can only hope that we will be receiving the same sort of services soon.

Source: US Playstation Blog via Joystiq

Last Updated: May 6, 2011

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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