Nikkei is reporting Japanese authorities will not allow Sony to restart its online game services in Japan until it provides further information on what measures have been taken since the hacking incident.
"We met with Sony on May 6 and 13, and basically we want two things from them," Kazushige Nobutani, director of the Media and Content Industry department at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, told Dow Jones Newswires.
He listed two areas where it requires further explanation before approval will be given following the incidents regarding its PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment videogame services.
"The first is preventative measures. As of May 13, Sony was incomplete in exercising measures that they said they will do on the May 1 press conference," he said, adding that he could not provide details on the outstanding issues for security reasons.
The second was in how Sony hoped to regain consumer confidence over personal data such as credit card information.
"There were similar cases in the past that were caused by other firms, and we are asking Sony whether their measures are good enough when compared to countermeasures taken in the past," he said.
This is why sometimes the government is good, because when Kaz starts cracking wise about the outage we can always count on the suits (who don't get jokes or have a sense of humor) to make sure things are in order first.
A PC is like a wedding ring. It should cost a quarter of your income and last until your next wife.
I could understand this as a measure to prevent them from linking the accounts to credit card info again, but why prevent them from allowing gaming to happen? I guess if accounts already have attached CC info, they can't really "unattach" it, so they can't launch the gaming network without putting the CCs back up.
Uh, this is nothing more than socialism. What right does the gov have to command a company? The gov does not own Sony, nor the network, nor the internet. And if Sony thinks it is ready to go back online, no one gets hurt more than Sony if they're wrong. So Sony has the biggest interest in making sure it will.
Let is not be too quick to approve of government overstepping its bound, even if it appears to be in our service.