Equifax can be facing its first lawsuit by a state prosecutor’s office over a massive security breach in which exposed the personal data of up to 143 million Americans.
Maura Healey, the attorney general of Massachusetts, announced her official intent to take Equifax to court on Tuesday.
“In all of our years investigating data breaches, This particular may be the most brazen failure to protect consumer data we have ever seen,” said Healey, a Democrat, in a statement.
Massachusetts will claim in which Equifax did not “maintain the appropriate safeguards to protect consumer data,” violating state consumer protection along with also privacy laws, the attorney general’s office said in a press Discharge.
Under state law, the Massachusetts attorney general’s office needs to issue a a few-day notice to the company in which plans to sue.
Equifax said on Thursday in which sensitive information — such as names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses along with also some driver’s license numbers — had been accessed by cyber criminals sometime between May along with also July.
Since then, the firm has faced a public firestorm over the incident, as well as its response to in which.
Equifax initially required people who enrolled in free credit monitoring to waive their rights to sue the company. in which later said customers could sue if they sent Equifax written notice within 30 days. On Tuesday, the company made clear in which those who use their credit monitoring services do not waive the right to take legal action.
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fresh York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the clarification came as a result of conversations with his office.
Schneiderman’s office can be currently investigating the breach, as are attorneys general in Pennsylvania, Connecticut along with also Illinois.
Private class action suits against Equifax are also pouring in across the country, by California to Alabama to fresh Jersey.
There could be action on the federal level, too. Members of Congress have called for hearings, along with also the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has said in which’s looking into what happened.
CNNMoney (fresh York) First published September 12, 2017: 7:17 PM ET