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Sony To Offer Free Identity Theft Protection in the United States, $1 Million Insurance

May 7, 2011 Written by Sebastian Moss

With the PlayStation Network hacked, users personal data was stolen – possibly including credit card info – making many gamers lose faith in the service. To help restore confidence in the system and tempt gamers to return to the network, Sony announced a “Welcome Back” package that will include free games. Additionally, the company will also be providing free identity protection and insurance.

In a deal with Debix, Inc., Sony will offer AllClear ID Plus for free to PlayStation Network and Qriocity account holders for an entire year.

Activation emails will be sent out soon and you will have until June 18th to sign-up and redeem your code.

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.

Considering the Debix, Inc. insurance normally costs $9.95 per month, it’s clear that Sony has heavily invested in trying to prove to customers that they care about your data.

A similar package for European users will be announced soon.