wccftech: Sony Starts Sharing PlayStation 4 Data with the FBI – Begins with a Terror Investigation by Rafia Shaikh:
Following Bill Gates comments yesterday that encouraged tech companies to share consumer data when the government comes calling to avoid future regulation, it appears at least the company’s rival is doing exactly the same. In potentially one of the first such incidents, Sony has coughed up PS4 data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on a user who was suspected of planning to fly from Kansas to the Middle East to join a terrorist organization.
The FBI warrant (link) mentions nine related search warrants (from Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and others) that will help the agency get information from the suspect’s social media accounts and electronic devices, including his PlayStation 4. While social media companies routinely share data with the intelligence agency (some details of which are shared every year in their transparency reports), this is probably the first time that Sony has been asked to share data on a suspect. [There have been requests in the past, but they were limited to law enforcement getting access to the devices they can dig into themselves.]