CANADA WANTS REPORT FROM EQUIFAX ON HUGE SECURITY BREACH

Sep 08, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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Canada’s Privacy Commissioner has asked Equifax to provide a full report on its large-scale security breach – including details on how Canadians were affected.

The agency reached out to the credit monitoring company today – after receiving  complaints about the hack of sensitive personal information.

A Spokeswoman says given the potential sensitivity of the information – the commission expects that Equifax will adopt measures to help affected individuals.

Equifax says the private information of up to 143-million people in the U-S had been compromised, along with certain Canadian and U-K residents.

The company is refusing to say how many Canadians were affected or what data has been stolen in those cases.

In the U-S the cyber-theft included consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s licence numbers.

Equifax discovered the hack July 29th, but waited until Thursday to warn consumers.

The Atlanta-based parent company has set up a dedicated website and call centre to help consumers determine if their information may have been affected.

The website is equifaxsecurity2017.com  and the call centre is at 877-323-2598.

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