Reviewed November 17th, 2020
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PS5

Sony Corporation
5/10

Summary

The PS5 console unleashes new gaming frontiers. With an ultra-high-speed SSD, adaptive triggers, 3D audio, and an all-new generation of incredible Playstation games, the PS5 can be yours for $399. But, at the moment, the PS5 will be much too expensive and hard to get.

Breach History


Has there ever been a breach or data leak?

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Date of last breach

January 2020


A database made up of over 773 million emails and passwords were made public on the internet for a period of time. Data included account credentials from Amazon, PSN, Xbox Live, and many more.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Someone could hack into your Playstation account and buy games using your credit card if you do not secure your account with two-factor authentication. Also, some third-party companies who produce games for PS5 may collect and share some personal data if you play their games. Be aware of these risks if you choose to purchase this product.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Sony claims it does not share your Playstation data with third parties for commercial or marketing purposes. However, games offered through other companies on the platform may collect some data.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • High-quality graphics.
  • Adaptive triggers and 3D audio.
  • Stunning games.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • May be expensive for some users.
  • Data may be shared with companies that produce the PS5 games.

Final Thoughts


Sony seems to do a decent job protecting the personal data of its users as it only shares de-identified data with third parties for product improvement purposes and commercial opportunities. Its subsidiary, Sony Pictures, was hacked in 2014, but as it is a different company, no personal information should have been exposed. Your data should be safe when using Sony products.

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