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A senior Sony Corp. official will defend the company’s response to a recent data breach when he testifies before a U.S. House of Representatives panel Thursday, according to a prepared statement released a day earlier.

Tim Schaaff, president of Sony Network Entertainment International, will say the electronics manufacturer “felt a keen sense of responsibility to our customers” and “notified our customers promptly when we had specific, accurate and useful information,” the prepared statement said.

The hearing will be held Thursday at the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade under the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Schaaff would be the first Sony executive to testify before Congress since the firm was hit by a massive data breach in April that compromised over 100 million accounts mainly for its PlayStation gaming systems.

He will also argue that issuing vague or speculative statements before obtaining specific and reliable data would only have confused customers, it said.

Schaaff will add that Sony will support envisioned federal data breach legislation, saying no entity can foresee every potential cybersecurity threat, according to the statement.

Sony said Tuesday PlayStation Network services will fully resume by Sunday in all areas outside Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.

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