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Sony keen to gift EU PlayStation owners identity insurance, as network remains down

Protection scheme confirmed for US, could be coming to Europe

Sony has revealed that it will give US PlayStation Network subscribers $1 million-worth of identity insurance when the PSN down time ends - and that it is working hard to bring European customers "something similar".

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Speaking in his apologetic open letter, Sony president Howard Stringer said: "A program for U.S. PlayStation Network and Qriocity customers that includes a $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user was launched earlier today and announcements for other regions will be coming soon."

Now SCEE spokesperson Nick Caplin has clarified the situation for those in the EU. He said:

"As you will have read in the letter from Sir Howard Stringer, that we posted a few hours ago, in the US we are offering all PSN users one year's free access to an identity protection scheme. I can assure you that here in the SCEE region, we are working incredibly hard to offer you something very similar. As is often the case here, with so many countries in our region, this is a very complicated thing to achieve, but we are close."

Caplin added that Sony hoped "to be able to announce something about this very soon".

The PlayStation Network remains down today (May 6) - over two weeks since the service was taken offline following an "illegal intrusion" by hackers.

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