Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax announced late Thursday that hackers had breached some of its website application software, potentially affecting the sensitive personal information of approximately 143 million consumers. The data that was accessed included consumers' names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver's license numbers. The incident may have also compromised credit card numbers for 209,000 U.S. consumers, as well as other "dispute documents" that contained identifying information for 182,000 consumers. In this report for The Privacy Advisor, Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP, rounds up the latest and shares insight from Wiley Rein Partner Kirk Nahra, CIPP/US, and Autodesk Senior Global Privacy and Data Security Counsel Alexandra Ross, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPM, CIPT.
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