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  1. Press: Equifax must incorporate stronger data security measures
    Credit reporting firm Equifax Inc. will be required to incorporate stronger data security measures after a massive breach last year that affected about 147.9 million Americans, according to a consent order reached with the firm… | Jun 28, 2018
  2. Press: How a few people took Equifax to court over Its data breach and won
    Christina Bernstein’s check finally arrived last week: $7,440 from Equifax for her trouble. She was one of more than 145 million Americans whose financial information was exposed in the company’s huge data breach last year.… | Jun 21, 2018
  3. Press: Credit freezes will soon be free for everyone
    Starting this fall, the big three credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — will be required to let you freeze your credit file for free. A freeze can help prevent identity thieves from… | Jun 16, 2018
  4. Press: You’ll be able to freeze your credit for free — but that won’t end ID theft
    Last week, a new law torched some of the banking rules that were put in place after the financial crisis to protect us. But also tucked into the otherwise awful bill was a win for… | May 30, 2018
  5. Press: How to protect your children from identity theft
    When identity theft hits adults, it can be a long and frustrating battle to restore their good name. But imagine the confusion that ensues when a young adult tries to get a credit card for the… | Apr 25, 2018
  6. Press: Panera’s data breach puts attention on risks of loyalty programs
    The records belonged to customers who had registered for the MyPanera program to order food online. The details exposed included their names, email and physical addresses, birthdays, and the last four digits of user credit card numbers, according… | Apr 05, 2018
  7. Press: What to do about retirement account ID theft
    Criminals armed with a flood of data stolen in recent data breaches are newly targeting consumers where it might hurt most: their retirement accounts.   The lucrative crime of brokerage account takeovers isn’t new, but it… | Feb 22, 2018
  8. Press: New service, same old Equifax: Credit locking app freezes up
    Equifax introduced a free consumer service Wednesday that allows people to lock access to their credit files from a mobile phone. It didn’t work. Equifax has also waived any fees that may be associated with… | Feb 01, 2018
  9. Press: Equifax extends free credit freezes
    Equifax has extended its offer of free credit freezes through June 30. Equifax made freezes free late last year in the wake of a data breach that compromised personal data on about 145 million U.S.… | Jan 31, 2018
  10. Press: You can’t fire Equifax, but your employer can
    As something of a case study, I asked my employer, The New York Times, to cancel its contract with Equifax for a service called Work Number, which provides employment verification and other details like work… | Jan 29, 2018
  11. Press: Big businesses band together urging lawmakers to sell out your privacy
    Twenty-two industry groups, representing thousands of U.S. businesses, sent a letter to Congress calling on lawmakers to pass sweeping data-security rules. At first glance, that seems like a really good thing for consumers. Upon closer… | Jan 17, 2018
  12. Press: Senators want ‘massive’ fines for data breaches at Equifax
    Two senators proposed “massive and mandatory” fines for data breaches at Equifax Inc. and other credit reporting companies, starting at $100 for each consumer whose sensitive information is compromised.  The bill from Sens. Elizabeth Warren… | Jan 12, 2018
  13. Press: Ready for the 2018 tax season? Why you should file early
    The IRS said it expects to get nearly 155 million individual tax returns this year. There’s good reason to not procrastinate in filing your tax return. You don’t want identity thieves to beat you to… | Jan 11, 2018
  14. Press: Companies exposing your personal information know a lot about you
    Alteryx is a data analytics company that makes its money by repackaging data that it has collected from different sources. And it became the latest reminder of how much data little-known companies have collected on… | Dec 26, 2017
  15. Press: What to do if your financial information is stolen
    Contrary to what movies portray, the most common crimes are not Taken-style abductions or home invasions, but the theft of personal information.  "The most effective way to keep tabs on all of these accounts is… | Oct 19, 2017
  16. Outreach: Educational sessions on elder financial abuse, ID theft and more
    Consumer Action’s Linda Williams presented top ten financial scams targeting seniors. | Oct 05, 2017
  17. Press: Deciding the right path for shielding your credit report
    In response to the breach, Equifax is now offering a year of free credit monitoring through its identity-theft prevention service, TrustedID Premier. The service gives you the option to freeze or lock your credit file… | Oct 05, 2017
  18. Press: Equifax says cybersecurity incident could affect 143 million consumers
    Equifax said it discovered the breach on July 29. "Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files," the company explained. Leaked data includes names, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses… | Sep 07, 2017
  19. Press: Is your info safe when dealing with an overseas call center?
    It’s a sure bet that at some point in your consuming life, you’ve interacted with an overseas call center. Dave says he recently opened a Citibank credit card account. What worries Dave is that he… | Feb 09, 2017
  20. Press: Identity fraud hits record number of Americans in 2016
    Identity thieves, who commit financial fraud with stolen account information, had a banner year in 2016.  Despite widespread efforts to fight this crime wave, the crooks successfully netted two million more victims and stole $16… | Feb 02, 2017
  21. Outreach: Easy-to-print ID theft fact sheets for your trainings
    Consumer Action's outreach and training staff has developed some handouts to help you convey information about various forms of ID theft to your clients and workshop participants. They are free and can be downloaded and… | Jul 23, 2015

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