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The Circuit: Sony apologizes, Do Not Track for kids, Mozilla questions the DHS

LEADING THE DAY: Sony CEO Howard Stringer apologized to customers yesterday and announced that the company has launched a identity theft protection program that includes a $1 million insurance policy per user. The program, offered through the identity protection firm Debix, will be free to PlayStation Network and Qriocity account holders for one year from their date of registration. The company will e-mail the activation codes to users, who must register by June 18.

Even as Sony pulls its reputation back together, CNET reported that hackers are planning another attack on the system that is scheduled for this weekend.

Reps. Markey, Barton introduce kids do-not-track: Reps. Ed Markey (D-Conn.) and Joe Barton (R-Tex.) will introduced the “Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011,” aimed at keeping Web sites from tracking children on the Internet, The Washington Post reported.

The bill will update and strengthen online privacy laws for children, which were created 14 years ago, and it includes measures on geolocation data and would require that Web sites include an “eraser button” to get rid of public content that contains children’s personal information.

Mozilla and the DHS: Mozilla lead counsel Harvey Anderson took to his blog to say that the company would like more answers from the Department of Homeland Security before it will consider taking down Mafiaafire, an add-on that redirects traffic from seized domains. According to the post, the agency said Mafiaafire was redirecting traffic from domains that were violating copyright.

On April 19, Mozilla sent a letter to the agency asking for more information on the take-down request, particularly about the legality of Mafiaafire and Mozilla’s legal obligation. “Our approach is to comply with valid court orders, warrants, and legal mandates, but in this case there was no such court order,” Anderson wrote.

LastPass data breach: LastPass, a password management service, announced that its data might have been breached, but that it’s unlikely hackers will obtain any useful data. Company CEO Joe Sigrist has told customers to change their master passwords if they are not strong, but told PCWorld that those with strong passwords are in no danger of having their data accessed by hackers.

Cisco reorganizes:Cisco announced a major reorganization that gives the company a more traditional management structure, paring down its management “councils” from nine to three and focusing its international operations into three major geographical areas.

Cisco is in the process of reevaluating its company focus, and is moving away from consumer products. The company closed its Flip camcorder division last month.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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