On July 22, 2019, the New Mexico Department of Justice, along with 47 state Attorneys General, and the Attorneys General of Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., announced an historic $600 million settlement with Equifax concerning the 2017 Equifax data breach affecting over 147 million Americans.
Equifax Data Breach Consumer Information
Why is Equifax unique among data breaches?
This data breach is unique in that consumers may not be aware that Equifax has their personal information. In other types of data breaches like those from credit card application information at other companies, consumers have knowingly released their information. This case is different because consumers do not directly or voluntarily give their information to Equifax. Equifax’s consumer information comes from a number of different sources, including credit card companies and many other companies that participate in the credit reporting process. Given the massive scope of this data breach, it is important for all New Mexicans to check whether their personal information has been exposed and take all steps to protect themselves.
Tips for protecting yourself if you think your personal information has been compromised in a data breach
If you choose to participate in Equifax’s free credit monitoring for directly impacted consumers, be absolutely sure to read the fine print carefully, you may be agreeing to terms that limit your rights.
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