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SEC Filings Show Extent of Equifax Data Breach: 146 Million

     
4:49 pm on May 8, 2018 (gmt 0)

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The latest filing at the Securities and Exchange Commission show the extent of the Equifax Data breach, and it's no pleasant reading.

146.6 million U.S. Consumers were impacted, with First Name, Last Name, Middle Name, Suffix, Full Name and date of birth.
145.5 million social security numbers stolen.
99 million addresses.
27.3 million gender status.
20.3 million phone numbers
17.6 million drivers licence numbers
1.8 million e-mail addresses.
209,000 credit card numbers and expiry dates.
97,500 tax IDs.
27,000 driver licence State.

If you are on that list you're at great risk from identity theft, and, no doubt, that risk will go on for many years as the data gets sold on.

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5:43 pm on May 8, 2018 (gmt 0)

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wow... it looks like companies are fighting to set records in leaked data.
6:43 pm on May 8, 2018 (gmt 0)

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That's only half the US population, but 4 Canada's. Someone should be able to better that.

On the bright side that's only 10% of China's population, so there is huge room for improvement and a whole 'nother country to try.
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It's not just the number that really matters, it's the type of data that's been stolen.
8:53 am on May 9, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Data that we never consented to be collected.
9:35 am on May 9, 2018 (gmt 0)

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And that's even worse!
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But some will continue to argue (complain) there is no need to regulate, to make laws, or anything.
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It's too late for laws on this.
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It's too late for laws on this.

I do not agree. If you never legislate, then people will continue to do anything and cause more and more issues. Laws might not prevent other leaking to happen, but it might make more companies concerned and be more careful on how they handle data. If you risk nothing, why would you bother.
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What kind of law would you propose? Hacking will always be with us. Something like GDPR?
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This is only when companies risk big fines, that they start minding and making efforts to secure their process.