September 8, 2017
Equifax Data Breach Affects One in Three U.S. Citizens
On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies, announced a major data breach of highly sensitive personal identifying information of approximately 143 million U.S. citizens. This means that 1 in 3 Americans may be victims of the Equifax data breach. As a result, hackers may have their names, social security numbers, birth dates, driver’s license numbers, addresses, and other sensitive personal information; and this puts those affected by the Equifax data breach at substantial risk for identity theft.
Although this data breach is one of the largest data breaches in U.S. History, Equifax stated that it will directly notify only a few hundred thousand out of the 143 million potential victims so it is likely that Equifax may not notify you if your personal sensitive information was breached.
If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance you are one of the American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in the data breach. You will have to take action to find out if you are a victim of the Equifax data breach. State and federal laws provide important protections to people whose personal information is maintained by credit reporting agencies, which have a special duty to protect consumers’ private information. These laws protect consumer privacy and allow consumers to learn who has provided or has obtained access to their personal information.
Our law firm is committed to fighting for the rights of consumers and in protecting the public from deceptive commercial practices. We are investigating a potential class action to compel Equifax to notify people if they are victims of this data breach, and to compensate them for any harm they suffer as a result.
Please contact Partners Joe Kravec or Jim Pietz for a free consultation to find out whether you have an Equifax data breach claim and, if so, how we can help.
IMPORTANT: Equifax created a website for consumers to determine whether their information was stolen. If Equifax confirms that your information was stolen, it immediately invites you to register for one year of a credit protection service. If you register for that service, you will be required to waive your right to participate in a class action lawsuit or to prosecute your claim in any manner.