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Sony Offering Free ID Theft Protection to Users

Sony might be in the final stages of testing its new system, but that doesn’t change the fact that the personal data of more than 100 million PSN and SOE users has been stolen and those people are now at risk for identity theft and other types of fraud. To that end, Sony is providing users with complimentary enrollment in an identity theft protection program through Debix.

"Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment International have made arrangements with Debix, Inc., one of the industry’s most reputable identity protection firms, to offer AllClear ID Plus at no cost to PlayStation Network and Qriocity account holders for 12 months from the time an account holder registers for the program," Patrick Seybold said via the PlayStation blog.

Enrollment in the program includes cyber monitoring and surveillance to detect the exposure of your personal information, including the monitoring of criminal websites and data recovered by law enforcement agencies. If your data is discovered by Debix, they’ll contact you by phone and email to advise you on what steps to take. You’ll also gain access to the licensed private investigators and identity restoration specialists Debix has on staff and be covered by a $1 million identity theft insurance policy.

Obviously, Debix is only covering users in the United States. Sony plans to announce similar programs for users in other countries in the coming days. U.S.-based PSN and Qriocity users will start receiving activation emails for AllClear ID over the next few days but will have to wait until June 18 to sign up.