UK authorities said a hack in April 2011 "could have been prevented".
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) criticised the entertainment giant for not having up-to-date security software.
Sony told the BBC it "strongly disagreed" with the ruling and planned to appeal.
"Criminal attacks on electronic networks are a real and growing aspect of 21st century life and Sony continually works to strengthen our systems, building in multiple layers of defence and working to make our networks safe, secure and resilient," a spokesman for the firm added.
The company had previously apologised for the hack which saw its PlayStation Network knocked offline for several days. In May 2011 company executives bowed in public and offered users free games to show their remorse."
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The gist of the story (native Polish speaker here):
1) The guy lost his iPad and asked the admins what he should do.
2) They told him they could copy all data from the tablet onto a CD/DVD.
3) He then asked them if they could also copy his private e-mails and they said 'yes'
4) He reached the conclusion that since they could copy and store all his data it could easily be made public (and, knowing his party's track record, no wonder it scared him shitless).
5) He returned the iPad and got himself a laptop.
So no, it's not a case of "Me not like" but rather a case of "What do you mean by *we've got all your data right here and we can read your e-mail* ?"
But, back to the topic: I used to work 14 hour shifts right after college but that was in construction and all I did was to move around heavy stuff as I had no actual skills. It can be done but the question is: do I like and need the job so much that I can give up my life? Now, I've changed jobs, work in my profession and while in this kind of a job 8 hours is more than optimum, I occasionally work for 14 hours or more but it's once or twice a month tops. And when I do I always either get paid extra (more than the regular rate, even more on weekends, at night or on holidays) or get time off (in addition to regulatory 26 days off per year, and if I work even a single minute on a holiday, like Christmas, I get an entire day off). I don't see why not. My employer buys my time (which can be considered a kind of commodity) and in return I get my salary. We signed a contract, it says how much I'm supposed to work, how much I get paid, what our responsibilities and rights are. We both agreed to it. When I hear that unpaid overtime has become a standard in the US I cannot help but think that it's like walking into a grocery store and telling the clerk "Look, I'm going to take a gallon of milk but pay you just for half of that". There's no difference, really. We both sell something and we set the price. Pay up or look for some sucker who's going to work twice as much for half the money.
What we need most is a way to fire our delegates.
We've got the technology! All we need to do is use it
would prevent companies having to give up user data, or even retain it etc. etc.
Google and Facebook are never going to give up retaining user data. If anything, it's in their interest to push for laws which would enable them to store as much of it as they can for as long as they please. This is what allows them to get advertisers, who are their customers. We, the users, are their commodity.