Sony Giving Users One Year of Free Identitfy Theft Prevention

Too bad they didn't offer this BEFORE their users' identities were stolen.

In the coming days, PSN and Qriocity users will begin receiving e-mails in regards to a free service that Sony is going to provide. The publisher has partnered with identity protection firm Debix Inc. to provide its customers with a year’s worth of Debix’s AllClear ID Plus. Highlights of the program include a million dollar insurance policy and internet monitoring of your data.

PSN an Qriocity account holders will be eligible to enlist in AllClear until June 18. Interested parties will need to sign up via Debix, as it will not be possible to do so directly through Sony. The clock on the one year of cost-free protection does not begin until you are officially enrolled in AllClear. Sony says that you can expect detailed instructions in the forthcoming e-mail blast. Please note that this program is only meant for US citizens; similar offerings are said to be in the pipeline for all other regions.

Here’s the full run-down of what Sony customers will get out of AllClear ID Plus:

  • 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.

[Source: Official PlayStation Blog]

[Image courtesy of Trellis.]

Nick Santangelo
Nick Santangelo
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