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PlayStation Network TOS Changed, Gamers Can’t Join Class Action Suit

PlayStation maker and hackers’ hot favourite target Sony Corp. is modifying its PlayStation Network’s (PSN) end-user terms and conditions, the company announced.

Under the new terms and conditions, any member of the PSN who does not agree to give up their rights to drag the company into court in the wake of a future security breach, will be immediately blocked from accessing the network.

The company has also made sure that no users can log into their PSN account without agreeing to the new terms and conditions.

The move by the company has come only months after it was subjected to a massive hack attack, which saw over 100,000 of its PSN and PC Gaming Network members vital personal information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and even credit card details falling into the hands of the perpetrators.

Those, who want to opt out from the new clauses, dubbed "Binding Individual Arbitration," will need to send a letter to Sony's Los Angeles headquarters in the US.

"Any Dispute Resolution Proceedings, whether in arbitration or court, will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class or representative action or as a named or unnamed member in a class, consolidated, representative or private attorney general action,” reads the Binding Individual Arbitration, BBC News (opens in new tab) reports.

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