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News Story
9/15/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Don’t expect the furor to die down soon regarding the massive data breach that hit consumer credit rating firm Equifax and potentially exposed the personal information of 143 million customers. At the behest of Republicans serving on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Equifax CEO Richard Smith was invited (or, better put, formally...
News Story
9/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Listen to story:   mp3 (Duration: 21:06 — 19.3MB)   FEATURING JAMIE COURT – The oldest credit reporting company in the US, Equifax announced this month that a massive data breach by hacking has compromised the personal information of about 143 million people, mostly in the US but also in the UK and Canada. The multi-billion...
Video
9/10/2017
Posted by Connor
After Equifax's data breech it has tried to placate the public by offering free credit monitoring, on the condition you waive your right to sue. This may violate California law, says Consumer Watchdog.
News Release
9/8/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
Group Calls for Attorney General to Investigate SANTA MONICA, CA – Giant credit bureau Equifax’s response to a data breach and its offer for free credit monitoring for victims may violate California law, Consumer Watchdog said today. The group called for Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate. California law requires that a...
News Story
9/8/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer watchdogs criticized Atlanta-based Equifax on Friday for its offer of a package of credit and identity theft protection services in the wake of a giant data breach, because of fine print they say could limit consumers’ recourse in the event of dispute. Consumer groups say a clause in the terms of use bind them to arbitration, giving...
News Story
10/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The value of a social network largely depends on the quality of data it collects from users. However, it's easy for sensitive data, such as location information, to be abused, and consumers need to hold social companies accountable for their indiscretions. Data is the lifeblood of social media of companies, the currency with which they operate...
News Story
10/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Twenty-five consumer groups urged the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday to open an investigation into the recent Experian hack that exposed the personal information of nearly 15 million individuals. In a letter sent to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and CFPB Director Richard Cordray, the groups...
News Story
8/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Complaints to U.S. Federal Trade Commission about Ashley Madison show examples of people alleging false accounts made under their names. Complaints made against Ashley Madison show how difficult it is to know which names leaked this week were actual customers. Allegations filed with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission include one from a man whose...
News Story
5/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Corporations across a wide array of industries are lobbying hard in favor of a major cybersecurity bill, enlisting a slew of K Street firms as part of an increasingly intense push for a measure expected to reach the Senate floor as soon as this month. The number of companies and organizations hitting Capitol Hill to discuss the Cybersecurity...
News Story
2/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Letters to the 78.8 million people affected by a massive health insurance security breach are expected to start hitting the mail next week, an Anthem official said Thursday. Messages are already being sent to millions of members who provided the insurance company with their email addresses. The letters and emails are general alerts explaining the...