How To Keep Your Identity Safe In Wake Of Equifax Data Breach

Privacy Commissioner says priority given to examination of Equifax data hack

Kilmartin's office is updating its website daily at with information on how the breach is being dealt with, and how consumers in various other states are being affected, as well as offering other crucial tips for consumers. Based on the company's investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017.

Citing the recent breach at the Equifax credit reporting agency, National Retail Federation and other industry associations are telling Congress that any new federal law on data breach notification should apply to all industries that handle consumer data. 209,000 customers also had their credit card numbers accessed and the personal data of an unknown number of United Kingdom and Canadian citizens was also exposed.

One thing that Clark doesn't want you to do is call the Equifax help line listed on the company's data breach website. It apparently thought a year of free credit monitoring would be enough to placate consumers.

Equifax's stock is now down 30% since the company first revealed the data breach, which exposed sensitive personal information of 143 million Americans, last Friday. He also said other companies offer similar services. Or they can risk facing the fallout Equifax is enduring now.

The CFPB's rule restores consumers' right to file or join group lawsuits. There's no point suing unless you can show investors lost money. Here, you'll begin resolution services, going through the multi-step process to resolve financial damages stemming from a hack. Consider enrolling in a credit monitoring and theft protection service. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said. If you exist, your personal information is out there, waiting to be compromised. "My office has contacted Equifax to demand answers about how it will protect people and prevent future security issues". "But the priority is now to make sure that we're helping the consumer through this time, so we're ultimately not sparing any expense". It took Equifax five weeks to disclose the leak.

Legal problems may continue to mount for Equifax. Mex.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.

Equifax has not released any details about the hack other than to suggest that it was related to a US -based web app.

Below is a roundup of other reactions from in and around Washington.

While last year's Yahoo leak was larger in terms of sheer numbers of people affected, that leak did not involve sensitive data. Mark Warner (D-Va.) has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate what he calls a "lapse" in the credit reporting firm's cybersecurity practices. Banks, mortgage providers, vehicle dealerships, employers and landlords are just some of the groups that can access this information when deciding to enter into a transaction with you. "Consumers need more protection from credit bureaus' errors, not less". As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Just because you've reported an incident of identity theft, it doesn't mean it won't happen again. Equifax. Verizon. Yahoo. eBay.

"I would encourage everyone to act immediately to see if their identity information was part of the breach", Peterson said. Some of these requests are now even coming by automated phone messages and mobile phone texts, asking consumers to enter their credit or debit card numbers for some kind of verification.