The recent PSN security breach attracted the attention of the US House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, who sent Sony a list of burning questions earlier this week. Today, the Subcommittee held a hearing to discuss data security not only as a result of the PSN breach, but also following similar incidents involving e-marketing company Epsilon and data aggregation company ChoicePoint -- whose website now redirects to risk solutions company LexisNexis.
The thrust of the conversation involved a review of the need to create a federal data breach notification law to protect customers' information if it were to be lost or stolen. Were such a law to come into force, those enforcing it would likely look very dimly on the delay between Sony discovering the breach of PSN's security and their notification of the public.
Representatives from Sony declined to testify at the hearing, blaming the ongoing investigation with law enforcement and an outside security firm for their absence. In response to Sony's refusal to testify, subcommittee chairperson Mary Bono Mack has brought forward the deadline for Sony to respond to her questions to tomorrow, rather than Friday May 6 as previously requested.
You'll shortly be able to watch a video of the hearing, courtesy of C-SPAN, at this link.
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Congress Hearing on PSN