Many of us remember the news of the Equifax cybersecurity breach. Things seem to just be getting worse for the credit reporting agency in the wake of the highly-publicized attack. They are now facing several individual class-action lawsuits as well as an investigation by governments both U.S. and international. Unfortunately for Equifax, the troubles do not stop there. Now, the company has had a rare 50-state class action lawsuit filed against it, as CSO Online reports.
It was a monumental theft of personal information that occurred in the Equifax cybersecurity breach.
Now, the company faces more than 60 government investigations from the U.S. State Attorneys General, federal agencies and the British and Canadian Governments.
Now, the company has had filed against it a 322-page 50-state class action lawsuit. The document lists the names of customers who claim to have been injured to some extent by the breach.
When the breach was reported, lawmakers in Washington were hearing on a bill (FCRA Liability Harmonization Act) which would have capped the amount of damages consumers filing litigation against credit monitoring agencies could receive. That bill is unlikely to move forward.
Congress is now considering a national standard for breach notification.
Currently, 48 states have statutes governing the reporting of breaches to customers. Some of these states have stepped up regulations. New York was directed in September to include credit-reporting agencies in the state’s new Cybersecurity Regulations.
The 50-state class action lawsuit alleges that Equifax failed to deploy critical software security patch that allowed the breach to occur. The lawsuits further allege that Equifax failed to alert customers until more than 30 days following the breach, sent confusing emails relating to whose data might have been compromised, and sending customers to a fake website to have their credit frozen, among numerous other allegations.
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