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Chairman Chabot Sends Letter to Equifax CEO Requesting Information on Data Breach

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Washington, September 12, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON – Today, House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement after sending a letter to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Equifax, Richard Smith, following the data breach that potentially affected 143 million Americans:

With more than 140 million Americans’ personal information at stake, my hope is that Equifax responds quickly to our concerns on the data breach. We need to ensure that we minimize the damage inflicted upon everyone, but for us particularly, the small business community,” said Chairman Steve Chabot. 

In the letter, Chairman Chabot stated:

“The compromised information includes, at a minimum, names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and addresses, as well as credit card numbers for over 200,000 consumers.”

In light of its concerns, the Committee requested the following information as soon as possible, but by no later than noon on Tuesday, September 26, 2017:

1. How many small businesses/owners are affected by the data security breach?

2. Who is responsible for the data breach, how did the perpetrators penetrate Equifax’s cyber defenses, and, specifically, what information was compromised?

3. What effort is Equifax making to assist its customers who own small businesses in securing their personal information and preventing future fraudulent activity as a result of this cyber breach?

4. What steps is Equifax taking to ensure the small business owners impacted by the data breach will not be adversely effected when applying for credited to start or expand their business operations?

The full letter can be read HERE.

Earlier this week, the House Small Business Committee sent a separate letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging action on the data breach.

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