EU Warns Apple, Sony To Protect User Data

The European Union’s justice commissioner has warned Sony Corp. and Apple Inc. to ensure the safety of their users’ personal data, a new report revealed.

The warning comes after a major attack on Sony networks resulted in 102 million of its gaming network users’ personal data falling into criminal hands.

Apple, on the other hand, has been caught up in a controversy about recording users' location data for up to a year. Claims that users consented have not ad much impact on the controversy, and Apple has announced that it will fix the 'bug' in an upcoming patch.

Justice commissioner Viviane Reding expressed her concern that people could lose their trust in technology following these recent security breaches.

“Those in charge have to take the relevant technical and organizational measures to guarantee protection against data loss or an unjustified access,’’ said Reding, Boston.com reports.

Reading also said that it was wrong of Sony to inform its customers about their compromised security seven days after the attack took place.

“Seven days is much too long,’’ she said. When approached for comments, representatives from both Sony Corp. and Apple Inc. reportedly declined to respond to Reding's remarks.