The Internet used to feel like a single destination for everyone who connected to it but unfortunately as time has gone on and companies have realised the possibilities of the Internet they have also realised that it’s easier to segregate the Internet and put certain privileged individuals in one corner while relegating the lower class to the other side of the fence.
This can be seen by anyone wanting to access Hulu, Netflix, Spotify or any number of other options out there but that’s not what today’s complaint is about.
Today the double standards are coming directly out of Sony (a Japanese company) who have started sending out emails to all those affected by their security breach, the emails are explaining how you can go about signing up for an identity theft insurance program that they are covering the costs for.
So all’s well and good except that they aren’t sending it to all the people affected, actually they are only sending it to a small minority of the 77 million people who had their data compromised, they are only sending it to the Americans.
Now were used to being ignored by the major conglomerates down here in sunny Africa but it does amaze me that Sony are also ignoring their supporters in Europe, Asia and Japanâ€¦ I guess it’s only the Americans who need protecting in this world.
The full email that wound me up this morning is here
Identity Theft Protection Offer for PlayStationÂ®Network and Qriocityâ„¢ Customers
Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment have made arrangements with Debix to offer AllClear ID PLUS to eligible PlayStationÂ®Network and Qriocity account holders in the United States who are concerned about identity theft.
AllClear ID PLUS is a premium identity protection service that uses advanced technology to deliver alerts to help protect you from identity theft. The service also provides identity theft insurance coverage and hands-on help from expert fraud investigators.
Sony has arranged, at no charge to eligible PlayStationÂ®Network and Qriocity account holders, for twelve months of this service to be provided by Debix to those who choose to enroll. In order to be eligible, account holders must be residents of the United States with active accounts as of April 20, 2011.
If interested, please submit your email address by June 28, 2011, at 11:59:59 PM CST at:us.playstation.com/news/consumeralerts/identity-theft-protection.
Please note, you must enter the same email address used to register your PlayStationÂ®Network or Qriocity account. Once your email address is validated, you will be sent your AllClear ID PLUS activation code.
*Picture is unrelated but made me feel better
Last Updated: May 25, 2011